Factors influencing functional performance of patients after hip joint arthroplasty

Małgorzata Kilon, Agnieszka Przedborska, Joanna Kostka, Agnieszka Leszczyńska, Jan W. Raczkowski

M. Kilon, A. Przedborska, J. Kostka, A. Leszczyńska, J. W. Raczkowski – Factors influencing functional performance of patients after hip joint arthroplasty. Fizjoterapia Polska 2019; 19(2); 122-128

Aim. The aim of the study was to assess factors affecting functional status of patients after total unilateral hip arthroplasty.
Material and methods. A total of 50 patients (33 women, 17 men), aged 29-88 years (mean 66,7 ± 13 years) with unilateral hip joint prosthesis were included in the study. The assessment of the balance and gait function was made on the basis of the following tests: Tinetti, Timed Up and Go (TUG) and the two scales test, on the basis of which the Symmetry Index (SI) was calculated. The degree of pain sensation while walking on a flat surface and on stairs and the level of stiffness were estimated using the Likert scale. To assess the ability to perform simple and complex daily activities, the Katz ADL (Activities of Daily Living) and the Lawton IADL (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) scales were used. Self-assessment of the quality of life was also made on the basis of a numerical rating scale. Moreover, the body mass index (BMI) was calculated.
Results. Age of patients, pain and stiffness determined the majority of test results and functional scales. Patients suffering from more diseases achieved worse results in the Tinetti test. Only the severity of pain while climbing the stairs affected the SI result. Patients reporting more severe pain and morning stiffness were characterized by poorer self-assessment of their quality of life.
Conclusions. Age, pain and morning stiffness affect the functional status and the quality of life of patients with unilateral hip prosthesis. BMI and the time that elapsed since surgery did not affect the patients’ condition.

Key words:
hip joint arthroplasty, quality of life, functional status


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Improvement in the quality of life of persons with chronic lower extremity ischaemia after high-tone power therapy

Joanna Szymańska, Olga Nowotny-Czupryna, Krzysztof Czupryna, Renata Szczepaniak

J. Szymańska, O. Nowotny-Czupryna, K. Czupryna, R. Szczepaniak – Improvement in the quality of life of persons with chronic lower extremity ischaemia after high-tone power therapy. FP 2017; 17(3); 64-73


Introduction.The CLEI results in decreased walking ability, which is limiting physical activity due to pain. This is the main factor adversely influencing the quality of life observed in these patients. For these reasons, the most important target of physiotherapists is to reduce physical fitness loss caused by a very low level of physical activity over many years.
The aim of the study was to investigate whether the high-tone power therapy can improve functional abilities patients with CLEI in the gait, and thereby improve their self-assessed quality of life.
Material and methods The study involved 68 patients aged 40-70, who were assigned to one of two groups: the A – main, group and B – control group. Their functional abilities in gait were assessed with the use of the WIQ-Walking Impairment Questionnaire, which evaluated 4 domains: claudication distance, walking speed, claudication capacity, ability to walk steps. A group patients were subjected to a series of high-tone power therapy while in B group all the treatments were simulated.
Results Certain differences were noticed in each domain of the WIQ questionnaire, but significant ones were solely in A group. The most noticeable changes were in pain and cramps of the calf; smaller changes were related to walking distance and speed. The smallest changes were reported in the ability to walk steps. Some changes were also reported in the control group, but they were less conspicuous and only affected some domains of the WIQ questionnaire.
Conclusions The high-tone therapy results in subjective improvement in functional locomotion capacity in all domains of self-assessment of patients. Improving the function of lower extremities is conditioned by the presence of additional factors, which are kind of disorder risk factors.

Key words:
high-tone power (HiToP), quality of life, chronic lower extremity ischemia (CLEI), chronic lower limb ischemia

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Jakość życia pacjentów z bólem odcinka lędźwiowego kręgosłupa / Quality of life in patients with lumbar spinal pain

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Malwina Śliwa, Małgorzata Starczyńska, Wojciech Kiebzak

FP 2014; 14(2); 26-39

W ostatnich latach coraz więcej uwagi zwraca się na potrzebę holistycznego podejścia do pacjenta. Dlatego na przełomie kilkudziesięciu lat coraz to intensywniej obserwuje się rozwijające się badania dotyczące pomiaru, jakości życia, które uwzględniają i nie tylko sferę fizyczna człowieka, ale również jego strefy psychiczne i duchowe. W przypadku tak częstych schorzeń, jakim są zespoły bólowe kręgosłupa, pomiar, jakości życia jest niezwykle istotny, ponieważ stanowią one plagę rozwijających się społeczeństw. Celem pracy było przybliżenie oraz rozpowszechnienie badań dotyczących, jakości życia. Badaniem zostało objęte 38 osób (23 kobiety i 15 mężczyzn) skarżących się na bóle odcinka lędźwiowego kręgosłupa. Grupa była zróżnicowana m.in. pod względem wiekowym. Przeprowadzone badania ukazują różny stopień pomniejszenia, jakości życia w zależności od ubytku sprawności w przebiegu choroby. Wnioski oparte na przeprowadzonej ankiecie ukazują potrzebę ujmowania, jakości życia w procesie rehabilitacji. Jej pomiar dostarcza wielu informacji na temat pacjenta, jego stosunku do choroby, jak również procesu usprawniania.

Słowa kluczowe:
jakość życia, Kwestionariusz Bólu Krzyża Rolanda i Morrisa, bóle dolnego odcinka kręgosłupa, Kwestionariusz Oswestry, Indeks Jakości Życia Ferrans i Powers


In recent years, increasing attention has been drawn to the need of a holistic approach to patients. Studies involving the measurement of the quality of life and taking into consideration not only the physical, but also emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being, have been conducted with increasing intensity over the last few decades. In case of disorders as common as spinal pain syndromes, the measurement of the intensity of pain is particularly important, as these diseases are a scourge for the developing societies. The goal of this study was to present and popularize data on the quality of life. The study included 38 subjects (23 females and 15 males) complaining of lumbar spinal pains. The study group was diverse in many aspects, including age distribution. The studies revealed different levels of quality of live impairment depending on the degree of impairment as the result of the disease. Conclusions based on the survey demonstrate the need to include the quality of life in the rehabilitation process. Measurements of the quality of life provide much information on the patient, their attitude to the disease as well as the rehabilitation process.

Key words:
quality of life, Roland-Morris low back pain questionnaire, low back pain, Oswestry Disability Index, Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index

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Studying the impact of body weight and physical activity on quality of life of junior high school students

Anna Kogut, Marek Kiljański

A. Kogut, M. Kiljański – Studying the impact of body weight and physical activity on quality of life of junior high school students. FP 2017; 17(1); 14-22

Introduction. Overweight and obesity presently constitute a serious problem, both in Poland and worldwide. They affect not only adults. Every year, there is a growing number of children and youths, who struggle with overweight and obesity. The fact, that they are not accepting their body may contribute to the lower quality of living. An important issue becomes regular physical activity.
Research Goal. Evaluation of the impact of body weight and physical activity on the quality of living in junior high school students.
Materials and Methods. Examinations were performed in 57 persons (including 29 girls and 28 boys,) 12-15  years old (Mean: 13.75 years.) In the test group, there were conducted: survey regarding physical activity, Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (CSEI) and four physical fitness tests.
Results. After collecting data and the results analysis, there has not been observed deterioration in the quality of living in persons, whose BMI exceed the upper limit of the standard.
Conclusions. Excessive body weight does not reduce the quality of living in teenagers.
Level of physical activity does not affect the quality of living in young people.
Frequency of physical activity has a significant impact on self-esteem and self-assessment.

Key words:
quality of living, BMI, obesity, physical activity

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Assessment of life quality of women after mastectomy with consideration to physiotherapy process

Mateusz Curyło, Katarzyna Cienkosz, Agata Curyło, Piotr Wróbel, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk, Jan W. Raczkowski

M. Curyło, K. Cienkosz, A. Curyło, P. Wróbel, M. Wilk-Frańczuk, J. W. Raczkowski – Assessment of life quality of women after mastectomy with consideration to physiotherapy process. FP 2016; 16(3); 80-87

Purpose of this study. Evaluation of the patient’s life quality after operational treatment of the breast cancer – mastectomy, and determination of any correlation between made rehabilitation and participation in a support group.
Material and methods. The research was conducted using a questionnaire that included open and closed questions, it had 25 questions concerning patient’s condition before and after operation.
Results. Most women use physiotherapy (88%) and support offered by Amazon Clubs (88%). The most popular form of rehabilitation appeared to be kinesiotherapy (94%) and massage (70%). It was observed that the upper limb at operated side had reduced efficiency, after operation as good it was assumed only by 16% of total. Most women stated that their emotional condition had not changed after operation (32%) or slightly worsen (24%). None of the women declared lack of acceptance for their condition after amputation. As many as 48% did not seen any influence of the mastectomy on the quality of life, and for 36% the change was negative.
Conclusions. It may not be clearly stated if bigger influence on the self assessment of the quality of life has directly only physiotherapy or the Amazon Club that builds so important psychosocial relations, it proves complexity of the rehabilitation treatment. It is required to combine oncologic treatment with physiotherapeutic procedures and activity of social organizations, as all these aspects have beneficial influence on the women’s self-esteem after mastectomy.

Key words:
cancer, mastectomy, mammary gland, rehabilitation, life quality

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