ActiveMSers Forums  

Go Back   ActiveMSers Forums > Forums > Gear

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2019, 02:17 PM
ActiveMSers's Avatar
ActiveMSers ActiveMSers is offline
Dave @ ActiveMSers
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 4,070
Default Is robot-assisted training better for walking than conventional therapy? Study: No

Robot-assisted gait training is not superior to intensive overground walking in multiple sclerosis with severe disability (the RAGTIME study): A randomized controlled trial

Sofia Straudi, Fabio Manfredini, Nicola Lamberti, ...

First Published March 4, 2019 Research Article


Rehabilitation may attenuate the impact on mobility of patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and severe gait disabilities.

In this randomized controlled trial, we compared robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) with conventional therapy (CT) in terms of gait speed, mobility, balance, fatigue and quality of life (QoL).

Seventy-two patients with MS (expanded disability status scale score 6.07.0) were randomized to receive 12 training sessions over a 4-week period of RAGT (n = 36) or overground walking therapy (n = 36). The primary outcome was gait speed, assessed by the timed 25-foot walk test. Secondary outcome measures were walking endurance, balance, depression, fatigue and QoL. Tests were performed at baseline, intermediate, at the end of treatment and at a 3-month follow-up.

Sixty-six patients completed the treatments. At the end of treatment with respect to baseline, both groups significantly improved gait speed (p < 0.001) and most secondary outcomes without between-group differences. Outcome values returned to baseline at follow-up.

RAGT was not superior to CT in improving gait speed in patients with progressive MS and severe gait disabilities where a positive, even transitory, effect of rehabilitation was observed.
Dave Bexfield
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:46 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.