The immediate effects of a novel auditory and proprioceptive training device on gait after stroke
This case report describes the immediate effects of a new rehabilitation tool on gait in a chronic stroke patient. Specifically, we measured step length symmetry and gait velocity in a 47 year-old male stroke patient who was currently receiving outpatient physical therapy. Objective gait measurements were taken using the GAITRite before, during, and after a 5 minute training session. Step length symmetry improved 26% during the first minute oftraining, 71% by the fifth minute of training, and 72% after a 5 minute rest period post-training. Gait velocity increased by 5.5% after 5 minutes of training. Clinical research is warranted to validate this new training tool as a useful adjunctive rehabilitation activity for improving spatial and temporal aspects of gait after stroke.
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Copyright (c) 2011 Eric G. Johnson, Everett B. Lohman, Abel Rendon, Ektaben G. Dobariya, Shubhada S. Ramani, Lissie E. Mayer
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