A portable gait assessment tool to record temporal gait parameters in SCI

Galen, SS, Clarke, Celia, Allan, DB and Conway, BA (2011) A portable gait assessment tool to record temporal gait parameters in SCI. Medical Engineering and Physics, 33 (5). pp. 626-632. ISSN 1350-4533

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ability to objectively analyze gait in a clinical environment is challenging due to time, space and cost constraints. This study investigated the validity of a portable gait assessment tool in objectively assessing the temporal gait parameters in subjects with spinal cord injury. The portable gait assessment tool consisted of a pair of insoles instrumented with force sensing resistors that were strategically positioned over the sole of each foot. AIM: To demonstrate the validity of the gait assessment tool by assessing the change in walking ability in incomplete spinal cord injured (ISCI) subjects, who participated in a robot-assisted gait training program. METHODS: Eighteen subjects with either an acute or chronic ISCI participated in this study (age range 26-63 years). Each subject participated in a robot assisted gait training programme for 6 weeks. Assessments were performed using the gait assessment tool before during and after the intervention. RESULTS: The gait assessment tool showed greater sensitivity to the change in the subject's gait, when compared to clinical assessments such as the walking index in spinal cord injury (WISCI II). Subjects with an acute ISCI showed a statistically significant (p

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Allied Health Professions
Depositing User: Celia Clarke
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 21:23
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 14:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/41795
DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2011.01.003

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