Walking Therapy In Hemiparetic Stroke Patients Using Robotic-Assisted Treadmill Training

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    50
  • sponsor
    U.S. Department of Education
Updated on 7 November 2020
Investigator
Cheryl M Lacsamana, BBE
Primary Contact
National Rehabilitation Hospital (5.4 mi away) Contact
stroke
hemiparesis
other therapy
gait training

Summary

The overall goal of this study is to determine whether robotic-assisted gait training is better than standard physical therapy treatments for improving walking ability in hemiparetic stroke patients.

Description

Subjects enrolled into the study will be randomly assigned to one of 2 groups. The first group will receive one hour of conventional gait training, consisting of lower extremity strengthening exercises, stretching, and full weight bearing walking as tolerated, with appropriate physical assistance from a therapist. The second group will receive walking therapy using a Lokomat, which is a special treadmill that works in conjunction with 2 light-weight robotic arms that assists the subject to move their legs while they try to walk on the treadmill. Some of the subject’s body-weight will be supported using a harness. During Lokomat training sessions, subjects will receive feedback of their walking performance on a computer monitor to help them walk. Both groups will be trained for 8-10 weeks, 3 times per week, for 1 hour training sessions (24 total sessions). Resources for transportation to the National Rehabilitation Hospital will be provided to all study participants.

Details
Treatment Lokomat (Robotic Orthosis) combined with slat belt treadmill
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00075283
SponsorU.S. Department of Education
Last Modified on7 November 2020

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