Safety and immediate effect of gait training using a Hybrid Assistive Limb in patients with cerebral palsy

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Author(s)

    • Takahashi Kazushi
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Iwasaki Nobuaki
    • Center of Medical Science, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences: 4669-2 Ami, Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki 300-0394, Japan|Department of Pediatrics, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Yamazaki Masashi
    • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    • Mutsuzaki Hirotaka
    • Center of Medical Science, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences: 4669-2 Ami, Ami-machi, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki 300-0394, Japan|Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Mataki Yuki
    • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Yoshikawa Kenichi
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Matsuda Mayumi
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Enomoto Keiko
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Sano Kumiko
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Kubota Aoi
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences Hospital, Japan
    • Mizukami Masafumi
    • Department of Physical Therapy, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan

Abstract

<p> [Purpose] This study aimed to determine the safety and immediate effect of a single training session with the Hybrid Assistive Limb (CYBERDYNE) on walking ability in patients with cerebral palsy. [Participants and Methods] This study included 20 patients with cerebral palsy (15 males, 5 females, mean age 15.0 ± 6.3 years; 19 with spastic cerebral palsy, 1 with athetoid cerebral palsy; Gross Motor Function Classification System level I: 4, II: 3, III: 9, and IV: 4). Participants completed a single 20-minute gait training session using the Hybrid Assistive Limb. The safety and immediate effect were evaluated. The immediate outcomes were gait speed and mean step length, and cadence before and after training. [Results] Two participants were excluded because they were not tall enough to use the Hybrid Assistive Limb. Eighteen participants performed the training. There were no serious adverse events during the training. Since 14 participants were able to walk on their own, walking evaluations were performed before and after training. Statistically significant improvements were observed in gait speed and mean step length. [Conclusion] Gait training using the Hybrid Assistive Limb is safe for patients with cerebral palsy and can produce immediate effects on walking ability in ambulatory patients with cerebral palsy.</p>

Journal

  • Journal of Physical Therapy Science

    Journal of Physical Therapy Science 30(8), 1009-1013, 2018

    The Society of Physical Therapy Science

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130007418107
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0915-5287
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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