Gait analysis as a reliable tool for rehabilitation of chronic hemiplegic patients

Nunzio Tenore, Fabrizio Fortugno, Fulvia Viola, Manuela Galli, Salvatore Giaquinto

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Abstract

Gait analysis system was used for 3 outpatients who suffered from hemorrhagic stroke 1 year before. They presented with hemiplegia and spasticity. A new treatment was applied to paralyzed muscles of lower limb to improve both static and dynamic balance. The refined system showed that asymmetric load distribution improved in all patients. By contrast, kinematical data improved in 1 patient only. Analysis of the vertical force showed a partial improvement after treatment. More controlled studies are necessary to verify the results of such an approach. A standard therapeutical protocol for spasticity is not yet available, in spite of the need to improve walking and activities of daily life in chronic patients suffering from hemiplegia. Gait analysis is required for monitoring slight changes to assess the proper individual rehabilitation program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalClinical and Experimental Hypertension
Volume28
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006

Keywords

  • Gait analysis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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