The immediate effects of a novel auditory and proprioceptive training device on gait after stroke

  • Eric G. Johnson | ejohnson@llu.edu Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.
  • Everett B. Lohman Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.
  • Abel Rendon Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.
  • Ektaben G. Dobariya Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.
  • Shubhada S. Ramani Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.
  • Lissie E. Mayer Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA, United States.

Abstract

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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Author Biography

Eric G. Johnson, Loma Linda University, Department of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda, CA

Department of Physical Therapy

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Published
2011-07-05
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
gait, stroke, rehabilitation, physical therapy, tib trainer®, auditory cues, step length, gait velocity, proprioception.
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Johnson, E., Lohman, E., Rendon, A., Dobariya, E., Ramani, S., & Mayer, L. (2011). The immediate effects of a novel auditory and proprioceptive training device on gait after stroke. Clinics and Practice, 1(3), e46. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2011.e46