Robot-assisted gait training versus treadmill training in patients with Parkinson’s disease: A kinematic evaluation with gait profile score

Manuela Galli, Veronica Cimolin, Maria Francesca De Pandis, Domenica Le Pera, Ivan Sova, Giorgio Albertini, Fabrizio Stocchi, Marco Franceschini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to quantitatively compare the effects, on walking performance, of end-effector robotic rehabilitation locomotor training versus intensive training with a treadmill in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Fifty patients with PD were randomly divided into two groups: 25 were assigned to the robot-assisted therapy group (RG) and 25 to the intensive treadmill therapy group (IG). They were evaluated with clinical examination and 3D quantitative gait analysis [gait profile score (GPS) and its constituent gait variable scores (GVSs) were calculated from gait analysis data] at the beginning (T0) and at the end (T1) of the treatment. In the RG no differences were found in the GPS, but there were significant improvements in some GVSs (Pelvic Obl and Hip Ab-Add). The IG showed no statistically significant changes in either GPS or GVSs. The end-effector robotic rehabilitation locomotor training improved gait kinematics and seems to be effective for rehabilitation in patients with mild PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Gait analysis
  • Gait profile score
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • Robotic rehabilitation
  • Treadmill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Robot-assisted gait training versus treadmill training in patients with Parkinson’s disease: A kinematic evaluation with gait profile score'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this