Walking speed and balance improved
Robot-assisted gait training has been investigated for restoring walking through activity-dependent neuroplasticity in persons with various neurologic disorders.
This case report presents the outcome of robot-assisted gait training combined with physiotherapy in a 28-year-old man with pure hereditary spastic paraplegia.
The patient participated in 25 training sessions over 6 weeks. Improvements were noted in his walking speed and balance after the training, but gait kinematics and kinetics showed no remarkable changes before and after the training.
Robot-assisted gait training may be useful for providing intensive gait training in patients with hereditary spastic paraplegia because the patient’s walking speed and balance improved after the training.
SOURCE: PM R. 2014 Sep 22. pii: S1934-1482(14)01382-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.09.008. [Epub ahead of print] Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. PMID: 25255290 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
Robot-Assisted Gait Training in a Patient With Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.
1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Republic of Korea.
2 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: [email protected]