To evaluate the effectiveness of a treadmill and overground walking program in reducing disability and handicap for stroke patients with poor walking performance.
- Physical therapy Behavioral
Randomized placebo controlled clinical trial.
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).
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Walking speed and capacity after 4 weeks of treadmill and walking programs and 3 months post training.|