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The effect of knee brace on certain gait parameters of hypertonic hemiplegic patients

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dc.contributor.advisor Hale LA en
dc.contributor.author Modisane MR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:02Z
dc.date.created 1997 en
dc.date.submitted 2002 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109322
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the use of the knee brace on 15 subjects with hypertonic hemiparesis. All the subjects had suffered a cerebrovascular accident in the territory of the middle cerebral artery. The Ashworth scale was used to screen for the presence of spasticity in the quadriceps muscles. <br><br> Measurements of gait speed, step and stride length were taken in the middle ten metres of a 15-metre paper walkway. A comparison of these gait parameters without and with the use of the knee brace was made. A questionnaire was also used to evaluate how subjects responded to the use of the knee brace.<br><br> The results showed that the mean speed for all fifteen subjects increased with the use of the brace, (p = 0.05). Step and stride length without and with the use of the brace showed no statistical difference. <br><br> It was therefore concluded that the FECK brace appears to have an effect on the walking speed of subjects with hypertonic hemiparesis. en
dc.language English en
dc.title The effect of knee brace on certain gait parameters of hypertonic hemiplegic patients en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc (Physio) en


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