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JORGE, Matheus Santos Gomes; WIBELINGER, Lia Mara; KNOB, Bruna  and  ZANIN, Caroline. Physiotherapeutic intervention on pain and quality of life of systemic sclerosis elderly patients. Case reports. Rev. dor [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.2, pp.148-151. ISSN 1806-0013.


Systemic sclerosis is a chronic, multi-systemic and auto-immune disease, characterized by widespread angiopathy in small and microcirculation, Raynoud's phenomenon and skin and internal organs fibrosis. Physiotherapy is an effective alternative to fight musculoskeletal injuries caused by the disease. This study aimed at evaluating the effects of a physiotherapy program on pain and quality of life of two systemic sclerosis elderly patients.


Longitudinal and interventionist case study. Participated in the study two elderly patients with systemic sclerosis, treated in the Physiotherapy Clinic, Universidade de Passo Fundo/RS. Patients were submitted to baseline evaluation made up of data collection (history and physical-functional evaluation) and application of the visual analog scale and of the Quality of Life Questionnaire - Medical Outcomes Study 36 - Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) translated and validated to the Portuguese language. After baseline evaluation, elderly patients were submitted to a kinesiotherapy-based intervention program, with frequency of 2 weekly sessions and duration of 1h per session, in a total of 15 sessions. According to the visual analog scale, patients have improved pain and, according to SF-36, have improved quality of life.


Kinesiotherapy-based physiotherapeutic intervention protocol was an effective strategy to treat pain and improve quality of life of systemic sclerosis elderly patients.

Keywords : Elderly; Pain; Physiotherapy; Quality of life; Systemic scleroderma.

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