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The biomechanical assessment of balance and gait for stroke Patients and the implications in the diagnosis and rehabilitation.

Diagnosis of stroke can be difficult if symptoms are mild or resolve quickly, or if the symptoms are unusual. Stroke patients have different balance and gait patterns from healthy people. Advanced techniques of motion analysis have been routinely used in clinical assessment of cerebral palsy. However, so far, little research has been done on the direct diagnosis of stroke patients using motion analysis. This study aims to investigate whether motion analysis could be used as a tool in the diagnosis of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). To reach this aim, this study requires collecting the data of a group of healthy volunteers, to analyse their balance and walking pattern (gait), and to find which biomechanical parameters are different between patients who have had a stroke/TIA and healthy people. It is hypothesized that some of the parameters could be useful for the diagnosis of minor stroke or transient ischaemic attacks.

If you would like to take part in this study. Your participation will help us to build an effective database, which will be used to analyse and compare with healthy volunteers. From the data, we will investigate what methods could be used to diagnose stroke in earlier phase. Therefore, your participation would benefit clinical research and future treatment.

Funded by:

The University of Dundee

Location:

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Recruitment Criterea:

Inclusion criteria:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Transient ischemic attack and stroke patients.
  • Able to walk independently over the ground without assistive devices.
  • Able to consent.

 

Exclusion criteria:

  • Cognitive function impairment, which affects the ability to understand and follow the instructions.
  • Patients who are unable to walk unaided.

Recruitment Contact:

Recruitment End Date:

01/01/2020