The effect of early customized vestibular rehabilitation on balance after acoustic neuroma resection

  • Vereeck L
  • Wuyts F
  • Truijen S
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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of early customized vestibular rehabilitation with general instructions in patients after acoustic neuroma surgery. SETTING: Tertiary referral centre. SUBJECTS: Fifty-three patients after surgery. DESIGN: A prospective assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial. INTERVENTIONS: After stratification for age (or=50 years), patients were randomly allocated into groups receiving general instructions or customized vestibular rehabilitation protocols for 12 weeks. OUTCOME MEASURES: Standing Balance Sum, Timed Up and Go test, Tandem Gait and Dynamic Gait Index. Balance performance was assessed preoperatively, at discharge (one week after surgery), three, six, nine, 12, 26 and 52 weeks after surgery. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: All subjects clearly improved within the first six weeks after surgery. However, older subjects receiving vestibular rehabilitation performed significantly (P

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Authors

  • Luc Vereeck

  • Floris L. Wuyts

  • Steven Truijen

  • Claudia De Valck

  • Paul H. Van de Heyning

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