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Effects of Ground Level Gait Training With Body Weight Support (BWS) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01106755
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 20, 2010
Last Update Posted : April 20, 2010
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of gait training on ground level, combining BWS and FES in people following chronic stroke.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hemiparesis Stroke Device: gait training on ground level using BWS Device: gait training on ground level using BWS associated to FES

Detailed Description:
The body weight support system (BWS) associated to a treadmill as well as to a functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the common peroneal nerve, has been proposed as a strategy for gait training in people following stroke. Moreover, it has also considered that the ground level is the most common locomotion surface, and that there is little information about the effects of gait training, on this kind of surface, in people with hemiparesis.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 12 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ground-level Gait Training Combining Body Weight Support and Functional Electrical Stimulation in People Following Chronic Stroke
Study Start Date : September 2008
Primary Completion Date : May 2009
Study Completion Date : December 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Body Weight
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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: hemiparetic gait
gait training on ground level
Device: gait training on ground level using BWS
An A1-B-A2 system was applied in which A1 and A2 corresponded to gait training on ground level using Body Weight Support (BWS). Each training phase was performed during 45 minutes, three times a week, for six weeks.
Device: gait training on ground level using BWS associated to FES
An A1-B-A2 system was applied in which B corresponded to the training associated to Functional Electrical Stimulation. Each training phase was performed during 45 minutes, three times a week, for six weeks.


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. kinematic evaluation [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Participants were assessed walking freely at a comfortable self-selected speed before and after each training phase. The analyzed variables were: mean walking speed of locomotion; step length; stride length, speed and duration; initial and final double support duration; single-limb support duration; swing period; range of motion (ROM), maximum and minimum angles of foot, leg, thigh, and trunk segments of both paretic and nonparetic limbs.


Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elapsed time since stroke longer than 6 months
  • Spasticity classified under level 3 according to the Modified Ashworth Scale
  • The ability to walk classified at levels 2, 3 or 4 according to the Functional Ambulation Category

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Heart failure, angina pectoris, arrhythmias and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Severe lung disease
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Cognitive deficits
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01106755


Locations
Brazil
Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Tania F Salvini, PhD Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (Sao Paulo - Brazil)
More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Tania de Fatima Salvini, Universidade Federal de São Carlos
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01106755     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UFSCar-240781
First Posted: April 20, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 20, 2010
Last Verified: August 2008

Keywords provided by Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos:
kinematic
hemiparesis
gait
Body weight support
Functional electrical stimulation

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