The objective of this study is to compare the effects of novel versus conventional locomotor training using a robotic gait orthosis (LT-RGO) after stroke. The novel LT-RGO protocol imposes progressive decrease of speed and guidance force as compared with the conventional protocol which is the progressive increase of LT-RGO speed with progressive decrease of guidance force. The hypothesis is that the novel LT-RGO protocol, by establishing a progressive decrease in gait velocity and guidance force, may facilitate greater motor recovery compared to the use of a conventional protocol.
- Novel Protocol Procedure
ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: Novel Protocol Description: Progressive decrease of speed and guidance force on robotic gait training. Initial speed is 1.4 km/h and final speed is 1.0 km/h.
- Conventional Protocol Procedure
ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: Conventional Protocol Description: Progressive increase of speed and decrease of guidance force on robotic gait training. Initial speed is 1.4 km/h and final speed is 1.9 km/h.
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
- Purpose: Treatment
- Endpoint: Efficacy Study
- Intervention: Parallel Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Functional Ambulation Scale (FAC)||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Six-minute Walking Test (6MWT)||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Time Up and Go (TUG)||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Ten-meters Walking Test (10MWT)||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Lower Limbs Fugl-Meyer||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Berg Scale||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Functional Independence Measure||Baseline and 6 weeks||No|