Influence of Upper Limb Improvement in Post-Stroke Gait
Malavé Ortega, Madeleine
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Hemiplegic gait is a common consequence of a stroke affecting about 80% of the patients. The usual treatment tends to focus on analyzing just the affected lower body, neglecting the upper limb. This research is intended to demonstrate how the upper limbs affect the gait cycle, therefore need to be considered while doing the rehabilitation process. The original methodology was intended for post-stroke patients, and the presented was proved with simulated gaits. The subjects were recorded doing 4 types of gait and the data were analyzed to obtain the spatial-temporal and kinematic parameters. The hypothesisis that the best improvement Will be seen when “treating” both the upper and lower limb. The results were a comparison and statistical análisis between the 4 gaits, which corroborated the hypothesis stated.