In Western industrialized Countries, stroke constitutes a major cause of motor disability. According to rehabilitative principles, proprioceptive stimulations appear to positively influence postural control and ambulation recovery. This case report describes the application of the Regent Suit, a rehabilitative device developed by the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, to improve the gait performances of a patient severely affected by stroke, in its post-acute phase. During the in-hospital period, the patient attended to 20 rehabilitation sessions divided into 2 phases: the former based on motor passive/active exercises and the latter based on gait training wearing the Regent Suit. We introduced different outcome measures to investigate motor performances (Berg Balance Scale, 6-mín WT, Gait Analysis, ADL restrictions (Barthel Index, FlM scale) and Suit acceptability (Global Perceived Effect). At the end of the rehabilitation process, we found encouraging improvements in all of the parameters investigated, in particular those mostly related to gait abilities. To confirm the collected data, we suggest to start a randomized, controlled trial with a long-term follow-up.
|Translated title of the contribution||Efficacy of the Regent Suit training during a post-acute stroke rehabilitation process: Description of a case report|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health