Journal article

The effectiveness of a novel cable-driven gait trainer (Robowalk) combined with conventional physiotherapy compared to conventional physiotherapy alone following stroke: a randomised controlled trial

Robert Stolz, Rohini Nayyar, Julie Louie, Kelly J Bower, Sanjoy K Paul, Louisa Ng

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

There is increasing interest in gait training devices to improve walking ability in people following stroke. This randomised controlled trial aimed to compare the effectiveness of the Robowalk, a novel cable-driven gait trainer combined with conventional physiotherapy to conventional physiotherapy alone in improving walking speed, endurance, balance, functional outcomes, and quality of life in people following stroke. Rehabilitation inpatients within 3 months following stroke (n = 40) were randomised to standard care with conventional physiotherapy ('control,' n = 20) and cable-driven gait trainer combined with conventional physiotherapy ('intervention,' n = 20). All participants received 1 ..

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