Enhanced Gait-Related Improvements After Therapist-Versus Robotic-Assisted Locomotor Training in Subjects with Chronic Stroke


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To determine the extent of walking-related improvements obtained after therapist versus robotic-assisted locomotor training in individuals with severe to moderate gait dysfunction post stroke.


  • Physical therapy Behavioral
  • Robotic Aids Behavioral
    Intervention Desc: This category includes any mechanical and/or computerized device designed to improve extremity function.

Trial Design

Prospective, randomized controlled study.

Patient Involvement

Forty-eight ambulatory chronic stroke survivors stratified by severity of locomotor deficits completed a randomized controlled study on the effects of robotic-versus therapist-assisted locomotor training. Both groups received 12 locomotor training sessions for 30 minutes at similar speeds, with guided symmetrical locomotor assistance using robotic orthosis versus manual facilitation from a single therapist using an assist-as-needed paradigm.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Gait speed during overground walking collected on an intrumental walkway which can detect spatiotemporal gait patterns.
Secondary Assessment of selected spatiotemporal gait patterns and clinical measures of activity and participation.


Department of Physical Therapy University of Illinois at Chicago, Sensory Motor Performance Porgram, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL