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Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a tool for analysis of the effect of physical therapy on spasticity in HAM/TSP patients.

dosRodrigues, Luana Rego; Glória, Luzielma Macedo; Santos, Mayara do Socorro Brito dos; Medeiros, Rita; Dias, George Alberto da Silva; Pinto, Denise da Silva.
Rev Soc Bras Med Trop; 48(2): 202-5, 2015 Mar-Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25992936


This study aimed to evaluate spasticity in human T-lymphotropic virus type 1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) patients before and after physical therapy using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).


Nine subjects underwent physical therapy. Spasticity was evaluated using the Modified Ashworth Scale. The obtained scores were converted into ICF body functions scores.


The majority of subjects had a high degree of spasticity in the quadriceps muscles. According to the ICF codes, the spasticity decreased after 20 sessions of physical therapy.


The ICF was effective in evaluating spasticity in HAM/TSP patients.