Biofeedback to Increase Propulsion During Walking After Stroke


Phase 1 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Diagnosis of stroke
- > 6 months < 5 years post-stroke onset
- Medically stable
- 18-80 years of age
- Impaired lower extremity sensation confirmed by a score of < 12 on the Fugl-Meyer Sensory Assessment,20
- Community-dwelling
- Step length asymmetry (paretic step length > non-paretic step length)
- this asymmetry has been determined to be correlated with minimal propulsive force of the paretic leg4
- Unilateral lower extremity paresis confirmed by a score of < 32 on the Fugl-Meyer Motor Assessment,20
- Able to ambulate without an orthotic device
- Able to ambulate without an assistive device
- Ambulation of household distances without physical assistance to advance or support paretic lower extremity

Exclusion Criteria

- Presence of a neurological condition other than stroke
- Pain upon ambulation
- Receiving physical therapy services for mobility and/or gait
- Severe arthritis or orthopedic problems that limit passive ranges of motion
- knee flexion contracture of -10 , knee flexion range of motion (ROM) < 90
- hip flexion contracture > 25
- ankle plantar flexion contracture > 15