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A Controlled Trial of Effectiveness of a Backward Walking Program in Patients Recovering From Abdominal Aorta Surgery

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 9, 2009
Last Update Posted : January 9, 2009
Information provided by:
Medical University of Silesia

Brief Summary:
Summary Question: Does backward walking offer additional therapeutic value in patients after aortic aneurysm surgery? Participants: The study of backward walking as an addictive physiotherapy procedure was conducted in the group of 65 patients who underwent abdominal aorta surgery. The patients were randomly divided into three subgroups and three various models of physiotherapy were applied. Control group has only routine physiotherapy since therapeutic group I and II have also walking exercises forward in group I and backward in group II respectively.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Abdominal Surgery Procedure: forward walking Procedure: backward walking Phase 4

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 47 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Controlled Trial of Effectiveness of a Backward Walking Program in Patients Recovering From an Abdominal Aorta Surgery
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2005
Study Completion Date : December 2006

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 2
Backward walking,
Procedure: backward walking
physiotherapy with use a backward walking type of physiotherapy

Active Comparator: 1
Forward walking
Procedure: forward walking
comparison forward walking vs backward walking in the physiotherapy after after abdominal surgery

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 75 Years   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Age 65-75 years
  • Male sex
  • Stable cardiologic status
  • Absence of neurological disorders
  • Non-symptomatic aneurysm - non-ruptured
  • No pain complaints
  • No motion system impairments

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with neurological disorders
  • Unstable coronary heart disease symptomatic aortic aneurysm - dissecans aneurysm
  • Having difficulty in locomotion
  • Having contradiction for starting physical training during the first or second day after surgery
  • Patients with psychiatric disease
  • Lack of patient's compliance with physiotherapist; AND
  • Other medical contraindications
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Responsible Party: Medcial Univeristy of Silesia, Department of Rehabilitation Identifier: NCT00819936    
Other Study ID Numbers: B.W 2008/A
First Posted: January 9, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 9, 2009
Last Verified: January 2009
Keywords provided by Medical University of Silesia:
abdominal aorta surgery
Physical Training
backward walking