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Lokomat Versus Strength Training in Chronic Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

2014-07-23 21:09:49 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this pilot study is to investigate whether gait specific robotic supported bodyweight supported treadmill training and lower extremity strength training have similar beneficial effects on walking function and other outcomes.

Description

Although task-specific training has been promoted during the last years to improve function, recent studies showed that after an incomplete spinal cord injury, strength, but not complex movement coordination, is affected. In this randomized cross-over trial we investigate the effectiveness of a task-specific 4 week Lokomat training with a 4 week (unspecific) lower extremity muscle strength training on walking-related and other outcomes.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Conditions

- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Intervention

Lokomat (driven gait orthosis), Strength Training

Location

Balgrist University Hospital
Zurich
Switzerland
8008

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Zurich

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:49-0400

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