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Effect of auditory feedback on lower limb weight bearing symmetry and gait parameters in patients with hemiparesis

Kaur, Baljeet and Manikandan, N (2009) Effect of auditory feedback on lower limb weight bearing symmetry and gait parameters in patients with hemiparesis. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy , 3 (3). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0973-5674

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Abstract

Background and purpose To assess the effect of auditory feedback along with the conventional methods in improving the weight bearing symmetry of lower limbs and spatial temporal gait parameters in stroke patients.Design Non-randomized control trial.Setting Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and S.D.M. Ayurvedic Hospital, Udyavara, Karnataka. Subjects 30 stroke patients (15 in experimental group and 15 in control group).Interventions Conventional weight bearing exercises was given for control group while the same was supplemented with auditory feedback device called “Ped Alert” for the experimental group. Exercises were given one hour per day, five days a week for two weeks. Main measures Weight bearing symmetry, spatial parameters (step and stride lengths), and temporal parameters (single and double limb support time, gait velocity, cadence, asymmetry ratio), of gait and Wisconsin Gait Scale (WGS). Result Within group comparison showed significant improvement in weight bearing symmetry, unaffected single limb support duration (SLSD), cadence, asymmetry ratio and WGS for the control group and significant improvement in velocity, cadence, affected step length, unaffected step length, affected stride length, unaffected stride length, WGS and weight bearing symmetry in the experimental group. Between groups comparison showed significant improvement in velocity (p=0.021), unaffected step length (p=0.013), unaffected stride length (p=0.048) and WGS (p=0.026). Conclusion Auditory feedback training has an additional role in improving unaffected step and stride lengths and gait velocity. However it may be as effective as conventional treatment in improving other spatial and temporal parameters of gait.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stroke; Gait; Weight bearing; Auditory feedback
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 04:17
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2013 04:17
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/136657

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