Original article

Assessment of Motor Activity of Patients undergoing Medical Rehabilitation and Health Resort Treatment

1 ORCIDAnatoliy D. Fesyun, 1 ORCIDLarisa A. Marchenkova, 1 ORCIDValeriia A. Vasileva

1National Medical Research Center for Rehabilitation and Balneology, Moscow, Russia


INTRODUCTION. Problem of evaluation of the motor activity patients undergoing medical rehabilitation and sanatorium treatment remains relevant, including obesity. 

AIM. To study the nature and degree of disorders of muscle strength, motor and coordination functions in patients undergoing medical rehabilitation and sanatorium treatment. 

MATERIALS AND METHODS. Single cross-sectional study included 160 patients aged 40 to 65 years with normal and overweight. The complex of the study included: functional tests and assess muscle strength and balance. 

RESULTS. In patients with obesity, compared with persons with normal body weight of the same age, significantly (p < 0.05) lower indicators of muscle strength of the right and left arms, strength of the abdominal and back muscles, lower endurance of the abdominal muscles and back muscles and longer time to complete the “Get up and walk” test. Also, in obesity, it turned out to be significantly less time to maintain balance in the “Stand on one leg” tests on the right and left legs with open eyes. A statistically significant direct relationship was found between the level of back muscle strength (γ = −0.82, p = 0.0038) and body weight. A significant relationship was also found between the level of endurance of the back muscles to physical activity and BMI (γ = −0.79, p = 0.01). At the same time, there was no relationship between age and the level of endurance of the back muscles to physical activity (γ = 0.107, p = 0.36). 

DISCUSSION. In patients undergoing medical rehabilitation and health resort treatment, obesity is associated with a decrease in muscle strength and motor activity. 

CONCLUSION. In patients with obesity at the age of 40–65 years, compared with persons with normal body weight of the same age and gender, there is a statistically significant decrease in the muscle strength of the arms, abdomen and back, a longer time to complete the “Get up” test and walk”, as well as deterioration in the function of static balance according to the results of the “Stand on one leg” test.

KEYWORDS: obesity, muscle strength, medical rehabilitation, functional tests, health resort treatment

Acknowledgments: The study had no sponsorship.

Conflict of interest:: The authors declare no apparent or potential conflicts of interest related to the publication of this article.

For citation:

Fesyun A.D., Marchenkova L.A., Vasileva V.A. Assessment of Motor Activity of Patients Undergoing Medical Rehabilitation and Health Resort Treatment. Bulletin of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2023; 22(3): 66-74. https://doi.org/10.38025/2078-1962-2023-22-3-66-74 (In Russ.).

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