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

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 14, 2005
Last Update Posted : October 6, 2009
National Science Council, Taiwan
Information provided by:
National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stroke Behavioral: Treadmill Training Not Applicable

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
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
Study Start Date : August 1998
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2000
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2000

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Intervention Details:
  • Behavioral: Treadmill Training
    Partian body weight support treadmill training, 30 min/day * 3 days /week

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

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT00167089

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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
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Principal Investigator: Pei-Fang Tang, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital

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Responsible Party: College of Medicine, National Taiwan University Identifier: NCT00167089     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 47s1
First Posted: September 14, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2009
Last Verified: September 2009

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases