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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 427903, 8 pages
Clinical Study

Effect of Posture Training with Weighted Kypho-Orthosis (WKO) on Improving Balance in Women with Osteoporosis

1Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Clinical Research Development Center of Shahid Modares Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Kodakyar street, Daneshjo Boulevard, Evin, Tehran 1985713834, Iran

Received 30 October 2013; Accepted 2 January 2014; Published 6 March 2014

Academic Editor: Barbara Shukitt-Hale

Copyright © 2014 Seyed Ahmad Raeissadat et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To determine the effect of weighted kypho-orthosis (WKO) on improving balance in women with osteoporosis. In this nonrandomized controlled clinical trial, 31 patients with osteoporosis were included. The patients were assigned to two groups: (1) control group who received 4-week home-based daily exercise program including weight bearing, back strengthening, and balance exercises and (2) intervention group (WKO) who performed aforementioned exercises and wore WKO for one hour twice a day. Patients were assessed using clinical balance tests (timed up and go test, functional reach test, and unilateral balance test) before and 4 weeks after start of treatment. Results. Functional reach and timed up and go test were improved significantly in both groups compared to baseline. The improvement in intervention group was more significant in comparison to control group ( ). Discussion. Posture training with WKO together with exercise program improved two clinical balance tests in women with osteoporosis. Conclusion. Posture training support (PTS) applied as WKO together with back extension exercises can be prescribed as an intervention in elderly women in order to reduce the risk of falling.