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Title: Gait training of patients after stroke using an electromechanical gait trainer combined with simultaneous functional electrical stimulation
Authors: Tong, RKY
Ng, MFW
Li, LSW
So, EFM
Keywords: Cerebrovascular accident
Electrical stimulation
Gait
Rehabilitation
Stroke
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: Physical therapy, 2006, v. 86, no. 9, p. 1282-1294 How to cite?
Journal: Physical therapy 
Abstract: Background and Purpose. This case report describes the implementation of gait training intervention that used an electromechanical gait trainer with simultaneous functional electrical stimulation (FES) for 2 patients with acute ischemic stroke. Case Descriptions. Two individuals with post-stroke hemiplegia of less than 6 weeks' duration participated in a 4-week gait training program as an adjunct to physical therapy received at a hospital. After the 4-week intervention, both patients were discharged from the hospital, and they returned after 6 months for a follow-up evaluation. Outcomes. By the end of the 4-week intervention, both patients had shown improvements in scores on the Barthel Index, Berg Balance Scale, Functional Ambulation Categories Scale, 5-m timed walking test, and Motricity Index. In the 6-month follow-up evaluation, both patients continued to have improvements in all outcome measures. Discussion. This case report shows that, following the use of an electromechanical gait trainer simultaneously with FES, patients after acute stroke had improvements in gait performance, functional activities, balance, and motor control in the long term.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24321
ISSN: 0031-9023
EISSN: 1538-6724
DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20050183
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