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Muhtaroglu M, Lafcı Fahrioglu S, Selcuk F, İlgi S. Evaluation of Thoracic Kyphosis Angle and Respiratory Functions in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Ann Appl Sport Sci 2021; 9 (2)
1- Physiotherapy Clinic, Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus
2- Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Anatomy, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus ,
3- Departments of Neurology, Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus
4- Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Anatomy, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
Abstract:   (2400 Views)
Background. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune demyelinating disease. Muscle weakness, tremors, balance disorders, and gait instability are observed in MS patients. Also, respiratory muscles weakness can lead to decreased respiratory capacity, resulting in pneumonia and acute respiratory failure.
Objectives. This study evaluates thoracic kyphosis angle (TKA) and respiratory functions in MS patients and healthy groups. Methods. The study consists of 40 patients with MS (mean age of 39±7.89 years, mean height of 167.5 ± 10.19 cm, mean weight of 73.12 ± 14.40 kg) and 41 healthy subjects (mean age of 37.12 ± 8.89 years, mean height of 167.9 ± 10.76 cm, mean weight of 72.7 ± 16.91 kg). Respiratory function tests and TKA measurements were performed.
Results. There was a statistically significant difference between TKA measurements in MS patients and healthy subjects (p < 0.05). The respiratory function test values in the healthy subjects were also significantly higher than in the MS patients (p < 0.05).
Conclusion. Changes in respiratory function due to muscle weakness and altered posture and TKA in MS patients should be considered in treatment.
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  • Since MS's etiological factor is not fully understood, it is a disease that cannot be treated for the etiological factor but can only be managed. In the early phase, respiratory physiotherapy applications should be an essential part of the treatment approach to prevent respiratory pathologies that may occur due to respiratory function impairment and significantly support patients' quality of life.
  • Physical activity, especially under professional guidance, provides MS patients with its positive effects on cardiorespiratory and muscular function, significant benefits in maintaining their functional abilities and reducing the incidence of potential comorbidities.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Exercise, Training and Health
Received: 2021/02/2 | Accepted: 2021/03/25

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