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Walking Therapy In Hemiparetic Stroke Patients Using Robotic-Assisted Treadmill Training

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2004 by U.S. Department of Education.
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First received: January 8, 2004
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: January 2004

January 8, 2004
June 23, 2005
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Walking Therapy In Hemiparetic Stroke Patients Using Robotic-Assisted Treadmill Training
Gait Restoration In Hemiparetic Stroke Patients Using Goal-Directed, Robotic-Assisted, Treadmill Training

The overall goal of this study is to determine whether robotic-assisted gait training is better than standard physical therapy treatments for improving walking ability in hemiparetic stroke patients.

Subjects enrolled into the study will be randomly assigned to one of 2 groups. The first group will receive one hour of conventional gait training, consisting of lower extremity strengthening exercises, stretching, and full weight bearing walking as tolerated, with appropriate physical assistance from a therapist. The second group will receive walking therapy using a Lokomat, which is a special treadmill that works in conjunction with 2 light-weight robotic arms that assists the subject to move their legs while they try to walk on the treadmill. Some of the subject’s body-weight will be supported using a harness. During Lokomat training sessions, subjects will receive feedback of their walking performance on a computer monitor to help them walk. Both groups will be trained for 8-10 weeks, 3 times per week, for 1 hour training sessions (24 total sessions). Resources for transportation to the National Rehabilitation Hospital will be provided to all study participants.

Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Hemiparesis
  • Stroke
Device: Lokomat (Robotic Orthosis) combined with slat belt treadmill
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  • Unilateral brain lesion.
  • Within 6 months post-stroke.
  • Receiving no other therapy targeting function of lower limb.
  • Demonstration of hemiparesis (motor dysfunction in lower limb).
  • Able to walk 5 meters without therapist assistance (walking device only).
  • Able to follow commands and protocol.


  • Significant cognitive or communication impairments.
  • Uncontrolled hypertension.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Clinical depression.
18 Years and older
Contact: Cheryl M Lacsamana, BBE (202)877-1889
United States
H133E020724, IRB 2002-427
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U.S. Department of Education
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Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph M Hidler, Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
U.S. Department of Education
January 2004

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