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Effects of Early Treadmill Training on Ambulatory Ability in Stroke Patients: Electromyographic and Kinematic Analyses

This study has been completed.
National Science Council, Taiwan
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First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: October 5, 2009
Last verified: September 2009
The purpose of this study is to explore an alternative approach that emphasizes task specificity and treadmill training for ambulation training of these patients.

Condition Intervention
Stroke Behavioral: Treadmill Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Effects of Early Treadmill Training on Ambulatory Ability in Stroke Patients: Electromyographic and Kinematic Analyses

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate walking speed and stride length as the representation of ambulation ability [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate the the co-activation duration between the activity of hamstring and quadriceps, and tibialis anterior and gastrocnemius joints, the level of symmetry in step length and stance/swing duration ratio between the affected and unaffected legs [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 1998
Study Completion Date: August 2000
Primary Completion Date: August 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Treadmill Training
    Partian body weight support treadmill training, 30 min/day * 3 days /week
Detailed Description:
Restoration of independent ambulatory ability is one of the most common functional goals of patients with hemiplegia after stroke. Ambulation training, therefore, is an important part of physical therapy intervention for these patients. Conventional neurologic physical therapy for ambulation training, based sorely on neurophysiology, prohibits early ambulation experience after stroke in attempt to avoid the development of abnormal gait patterns. Such an approach has been shown to be limited in helping these patients regain independent ambulatory ability.

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • between 40 and 75 years old
  • first stroke with R't side hemiplegia due to middle cerebral artery occlusion and received acute treatment at NTUH
  • being willing to sign an informed consent approved by the Human Subjects Committee of the National Taiwan University Hospital
  • able to ambulate independently in parallel bars and having no independent ambulation ability outside parallel bars

Excursion criteria:

  • having unstable vital sign, unconsciousness, or obvious cognitive, perception, and language impairment, and couldn't communicate with the experimenters
  • having other neurological diseases, or moderate to severe neuromuscular or musculoskeletal or cardiovascular disorders, or disorders from systematic diseases other than stroke
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00167089

School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy College of Medicine, National Taiwan University
Taipei, Province of China, Taiwan, 100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Science Council, Taiwan
Principal Investigator: Pei-Fang Tang, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: College of Medicine, National Taiwan University Identifier: NCT00167089     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 47s1
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: October 5, 2009

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Ambulation training
Neurologic physical therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017