The purpose of this study is to explore an alternative approach that emphasizes task specificity and treadmill training for ambulation training of these patients.
Restoration of independent ambulatory ability is one of the most common functional goals of patients with hemiplegia after stroke. Ambulation training, therefore, is an important part of physical therapy intervention for these patients. Conventional neurologic physical therapy for ambulation training, based sorely on neurophysiology, prohibits early ambulation experience after stroke in attempt to avoid the development of abnormal gait patterns. Such an approach has been shown to be limited in helping these patients regain independent ambulatory ability.
- Treadmill Training Behavioral
Intervention Desc: Partian body weight support treadmill training, 30 min/day * 3 days /week
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Open Label
- Endpoint: Safety/Efficacy Study
- Intervention: Parallel Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||To investigate walking speed and stride length as the representation of ambulation ability||3 months||No|
|Secondary||To investigate the the co-activation duration between the activity of hamstring and quadriceps, and tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius joints, the level of symmetry in step length and stance/swing duration ratio between the affected and unaffected legs||3 months||No|