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

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2004 by U.S. Department of Education.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 9, 2004
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
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U.S. Department of Education

Brief 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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hemiparesis Stroke Device: Lokomat (Robotic Orthosis) combined with slat belt treadmill Phase 1

Detailed 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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Gait Restoration In Hemiparetic Stroke Patients Using Goal-Directed, Robotic-Assisted, Treadmill Training
Study Start Date : November 2002

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Unilateral brain lesion.
  • Within 6 months post-stroke.
  • Receiving no other therapy targeting function of lower limb.
  • Demonstration of hemiparesis (motor dysfunction in lower limb).
  • Able to walk 5 meters without therapist assistance (walking device only).
  • Able to follow commands and protocol.


  • Significant cognitive or communication impairments.
  • Uncontrolled hypertension.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Clinical depression.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00075283

Contact: Cheryl M Lacsamana, BBE (202)877-1889

United States, District of Columbia
National Rehabilitation Hospital Recruiting
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20010
Contact: Cheryl M Lacsamana, BBE    202-877-1889   
Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph M Hidler, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
U.S. Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph M Hidler, Ph.D. The Catholic University of America Identifier: NCT00075283     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H133E020724
IRB 2002-427
First Posted: January 9, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: January 2004

Keywords provided by U.S. Department of Education:
Physical Therapy
Locomotion therapy
Gait training
Hemiparetic stroke
Unilateral brain lesion

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms