Treadmill and Overground Walking Program After Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To evaluate the effectiveness of a treadmill and overground walking program in reducing disability and handicap for stroke patients with poor walking performance.

Interventions

Trial Design

Randomized placebo controlled clinical trial.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomly assigned by coin toss to the control or experimental group. Patients in the control group were given a home exercise program to strengthen lower-limb muscles and to train balance and coordination. Patients in the experimental group participated in training sessions 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Each session included treadmill and over ground walking plus individual training from a physical therapist. Walking speed was measured over 10m. Walking capacity was measured by the distance covered in 6 minutes. Handicap was measured using the stroke-adapted 30-item version of the Sickness Impact Profile (SA-SIP30).

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Walking speed and capacity after 4 weeks of treadmill and walking programs and 3 months post training.

Sponsors

National Stroke Foundation of Australia