Background and Objectives: It is evident from previous studies that trunk mobility is affected in Parkinsonism patients. Also it is shown that Balance and Gait parameters are also affected in Parkinson’s disease Patients. Impairment of any of these parameters affects the activities of daily living (ADLs) and in turn affects the quality of life. A correlation in between these parameters can help in formulating better management of patients with Parkinson’s disease. The aim of the study was to find whether any correlation exists between trunk mobility and balance and gait in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Methodology: 50 subjects (18 females and 32 males) with PD (mean age 68.84) were included in the study. Inclusion criteria consisted of ambulatory subjects with Parkinson’s disease, not having any orthopedic or neurological condition that could affect the trunk movements, balance and gait in these subjects. Trunk mobility scale was used to assess the trunk mobility and Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (Tinetti POMA) tool was used to assess the balance and gait parameters.
Results: there was a significant correlation found between the values of Trunk Mobility scale and Tinetti POMA score using the Pearson’s correlation formula. (P = 0.01)
Conclusion: From the results, we can conclude that there exists a significant correlation between trunk mobility, balance and gait in patients with Parkinson’s disease. So the more severe is the trunk mobility in the PD patient, more will be the difficulties with Balance and Gait.