Journal article

Obstacle crossing following stroke improves over one month when the unaffected limb leads, but not when the affected limb leads

Catherine M Said, Mary Galea, Noel Lythgo

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

While it is well established that obstacle crossing is impaired following stroke, it is not known whether obstacle crossing improves as gait improves following stroke. The purpose of this study was to determine whether obstacle crossing changed over a one month time period in people with a recent stroke. Twenty participants receiving rehabilitation following a recent stroke were tested on two occasions one month apart. Participants received usual care rehabilitation, including physiotherapy, between the tests. The main outcome measure was obstacle crossing speed as participants stepped over a 4-cm high obstacle. Secondary measures were spatiotemporal variables. Data were collected via a thre..

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