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Sustainability of motor performance after robotic-assisted treadmill therapy in children: an open, non-randomized baseline-treatment study


Borggraefe, I; Kiwull, L; Schaefer, J S; Koerte, I; Blaschek, A; Meyer-Heim, A; Heinen, F (2010). Sustainability of motor performance after robotic-assisted treadmill therapy in children: an open, non-randomized baseline-treatment study. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 46(2):125-131.

Abstract

AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the sustainability of motor improvements achieved after a three week trial of robotic assisted treadmill therapy in children and adolescents with central gait disorders within a follow up period of about six months. METHODS: Open, non-randomized, baseline-treatment study. Fourteen patients (mean age 8.2+/-5.4) underwent a trial of 12 sessions of robotic-assisted treadmill therapy using the Lokomat over a period of three weeks. Outcome measures were the dimensions D (standing) and E (walking) of the Gross Motor Function Measure, the ten meter walking test and the six minute walking test. Outcome variables were evaluated immediately before and after the trial and at a follow up of about six months. RESULTS: Improvements after the trial in the dimension D from 49.5% to 54.4% (P=0.008) and from 38.9% to 42.3% (P=0.012) in the dimension E of the GMFM were seen and are within the same range of previously published results. The mean score at the follow up after six months was 56.8% and 43.3% for dimension D and E, respectively. Gait speed improved from 0.80 m/s to 1.01 m/s (P=0.006) after the trial and was 1.11 m/s at the follow-up visit at six months. Similar results were obtained for endurance. CONCLUSION: The improvements of motor function after a three-week trial of robotic-assisted treadmill therapy appear to be sustained after a mean period of six months.

AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the sustainability of motor improvements achieved after a three week trial of robotic assisted treadmill therapy in children and adolescents with central gait disorders within a follow up period of about six months. METHODS: Open, non-randomized, baseline-treatment study. Fourteen patients (mean age 8.2+/-5.4) underwent a trial of 12 sessions of robotic-assisted treadmill therapy using the Lokomat over a period of three weeks. Outcome measures were the dimensions D (standing) and E (walking) of the Gross Motor Function Measure, the ten meter walking test and the six minute walking test. Outcome variables were evaluated immediately before and after the trial and at a follow up of about six months. RESULTS: Improvements after the trial in the dimension D from 49.5% to 54.4% (P=0.008) and from 38.9% to 42.3% (P=0.012) in the dimension E of the GMFM were seen and are within the same range of previously published results. The mean score at the follow up after six months was 56.8% and 43.3% for dimension D and E, respectively. Gait speed improved from 0.80 m/s to 1.01 m/s (P=0.006) after the trial and was 1.11 m/s at the follow-up visit at six months. Similar results were obtained for endurance. CONCLUSION: The improvements of motor function after a three-week trial of robotic-assisted treadmill therapy appear to be sustained after a mean period of six months.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:21 Jan 2011 09:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:28
Publisher:Edizioni Minerva Medica
ISSN:1973-9087
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
PubMed ID:20485217
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-40098

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