Comparison of Static Balance, Walking Velocity, and Energy Consumption with Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis, Walkabout Orthosis, and Reciprocating Gait Orthosis in Thoracic-Level Paraplegic Patients


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Abstract

Orthoses are used by thoracic-level paraplegic patients in rehabilitation treatment. It is often difficult to choose the most suitable orthosis for each patient because previous studies have not focused on several measurements of the same patient with various types of orthoses. In this study, two thoracic-level paraplegic patients are compared for static balance, walking velocity, and energy consumption when fitted with three types of orthoses: knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO), Walkabout orthosis (WO), and reciprocating gait orthosis (RGO). The RGO proved to be superior, reflecting results from previous studies.

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