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Effects of intensive gait-oriented physiotherapy during early acute phase of stroke

Sinikka H. Peurala, PhD, et al.

Figure. Patient with acute stroke walking over ground with moderate assistance from two physiotherapists, walking belt, knee orthosis, and elastic bandage.

Previous studies have shown that an early versus delayed rehabilitation leads to better recovery from stroke. We assessed the effects and strenuousness of intensive gait-oriented rehabilitation initiated as early as possible after stroke. Patients intensively practiced walking for 3 weeks and gained more than 10 km walking distance. In addition, they participated in other types of active physiotherapy. Patients tolerated the exercises well despite the early start. Patients achieved major improvements in walking ability, walking speed, and gross motor function during the first month after stroke.


Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 637 — 648


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