The effect of adding whole-body vibration exercises to home exercise program on muscle strength in patients with post-polio syndrome

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Topaloglu M., Ketenci A., Baslo B., Sahinkaya T.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, vol.68, no.1, pp.117-125, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5606/tftrd.2022.7063
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.117-125
  • Keywords: Exercise, muscle strength, poliomyelitis, post-polio syndrome, whole-body vibration, FATIGUE SEVERITY SCALE, POLIO, IMPACT, DISEASES, LIFE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: This study aims to understand the effectiveness of whole-body vibration (WBV) exercises performed with home exercise program in patients with post-polio syndrome (PPS) in terms of muscle strength, fatigue, the quality of life, and laboratory parameters. Patients and methods: Between October 2015 and March 2016, a total of 14 patients (7 males, 7 females; mean age: 45.1 +/- 6.6 years; range, 34 to 57 years) who were diagnosed with PPS were included in the study. The patients were randomized into two groups: the first group received WBV, home exercise program and patient education while the second (control) group received home exercise program and patient education. The patients were evaluated by knee isometric and isokinetic peak torque, Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), Fatigue Impact Scale (FIS), Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), serum creatine kinase, aspartate aminotransferase, and alanine aminotransferase at baseline and at the end of the treatment. Results: At the end of the treatment, the exercise program administered to the patients was found to be effective in increasing knee muscle strength in PPS patients (p<0.05). This difference was more apparent on the sequela side, isometric extension peak torque in the group with WBV. There was no significant change in the markers of muscle damage or NHP in both groups. Conclusion: Inclusion of WBV in home exercise program in PPS patients does not seem to be superior, except for reducing the effect of fatigue on the patient's life.