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.
Prospective, randomized controlled study.
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.|