Turkish Neurosurgery 2007 , Vol 17 , Num 2
Functional Results of Physiotherapy Programme On Patients With Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Bilge KARA1, Nuray YOZBATIRAN2, Mehmet Nuri ARDA3
1,2Dokuz Eylul University, School of Physical Therapy, İzmir, Turkey
3Dokuz Eylul University Medicine Faculty, Neurosurgery Department, İzmir, Turkey
OBJECTIVE: The purpose is to evaluate the functional recoveries obtained through the pysiotherapy program started in the early postoperative period with the patients with SAH, and then advanced after being discharged.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Home Exercise (HE) (n=54) was Group I, and the Regular Supervised Exercise (RSE) (n=18) group by the physiotherapist was determined to be Group II. The patients in both groups were treated as outpatients for six months after being discharged. The functional independent measure was used. The measurement were done at the beginning, on the day of discharge, and on the first and sixth months.

RESULTS: In the FIM measurements taken on the first and the sixth months, there is a significant difference in the groups doing the RSE compared to the group doing the home exercises (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION: The exercises done regularly and under observation for the patients with aneurysmal SAH is important from the viewpoint of obtaining functional recoveries during both the early and late periods. Keywords : Aneurysm, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Physiotherapy

Corresponding author : Bilge Kara, bparlak@deu.edu.tr