Treadmill Therapy and Brain Injuries

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

Introduction.
- There is a demand for evidence whether treadmill therapy is more efficient than traditional walking training as an intervention for patients with hemiplegia after cerebral stroke.
Design.
- A randomized controlled trial.
Material.
- Stroke patients with moderate to severe functional deficits referred to inpatient medical rehabilitation.
Method.
- Comparing a treatment group receiving treadmill training with body weight support with a treatment group receiving conventional walking training.
Study aim:
- Investigate whether treadmill therapy is more effective than traditional functional training in restoring walking and transfer in patients with moderate to severe ambulatory deficits after stroke.

Detailed Description

See "Brief Summary".

Conditions

Interventions

  • Treadmill therapy and conventional walking therapy. Other
    Other Names: Treadmill training with body weight support (TTBWS).; Laufband Therapy; Traditional walking therapy
    Intervention Desc: The experimental group received 30 sessions of treadmill therapy with body weight support for a time period of 10 weeks. The conventional group received traditional walking therapy for the same time period.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Treadmill therapy
    Description: Patients assigned to the "Treadmill therapy group" received daily 30 minutes specific walking training on "treadmill with body weight support" alternatively overground, and 30 minutes functional training, treated by a physiotherapist.
    ARM 2: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Conventional walking therapy
    Description: Patients assigned to the comparative conventional walking therapy group received daily 30 minutes specific traditional walking training overground and 30 minutes functional training, treated by a physiotherapist.

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Functional Ambulation Categories. Ten meter walking test. Six minutes walking test. Functional Independence Measure (task 9 shorter transfer and task 13 stairs). 0, 5 weeks and 10 weeks. No
Secondary EU-Walking Index. Time of "Shorter transfer". Time of "Climbing stairs". Performance of climbing stairs. Heart rate registration. * Temporospatial 3D gait data (a sub group analysis). ** Semistructured interview. 0, 5 and 10 weeks, * 0 and 10 weeks, **10 weeks. No

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