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J Rehabil Res Dev. 2008;45(8):1215-26.

Balance control in hemiparetic stroke patients: main tools for evaluation.

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Department of Neurology, Hospital das Clínicas, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil.


Balance problems in hemiparetic patients after stroke can be caused by different impairments in the physiological systems involved in postural control, including sensory afferents, movement strategies, biomechanical constraints, cognitive processing, and perception of verticality. Balance impairments and disabilities must be appropriately addressed. This article reviews the most common balance abnormalities in hemiparetic patients with stroke and the main tools used to diagnose them.

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