Load-relief of walking aids on osseointegrated fixation: instrument for evidence-based practice

Frossard, Laurent, Hagberg, Kerstin, Häggström, Eva and Brånemark, Richard (2009) Load-relief of walking aids on osseointegrated fixation: instrument for evidence-based practice. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 17 1: 9-14. doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2008.2010478


Author Frossard, Laurent
Hagberg, Kerstin
Häggström, Eva
Brånemark, Richard
Title Load-relief of walking aids on osseointegrated fixation: instrument for evidence-based practice
Journal name IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1534-4320
1558-0210
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1109/TNSRE.2008.2010478
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 14
Total pages 6
Editor Sunil K. Agrawal
Just L. Herder
Place of publication Piscataway, NJ, United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Language eng
Subject 1706 Computer Science Applications
2204 Religion and Religious Studies
2800 Neuroscience
Formatted abstract
Clinicians are currently in demand of tools enabling individual assessment during their daily practice of load-relief of walking aids. The first aim of this article is to describe a portable kinetic system that could be used to measure directly the true load applied on the residuum during assisted walking. The second aim is to present the information that can be derived from the raw loading data. The third aim is to provide an example for a participant. One active transfemoral amputee fitted with an osseointegrated fixation was asked to walk in straight level line with no aid, one stick, one and two elbow crutches on a 20 m walkway. The load-relief was measured using a six-channel transducer and recorded using a data logger. The overall loading was decreased by 2% using one stick, 5% using one crutch and by 10% using two crutches. This study presents a method that can be used by clinicians facing the challenge of prescribing and assessing walking aids to restore the locomotion of lower limb amputees in the framework of an evidence-based practice.
Keyword Gait
Kinetics
Osseointegration
Transfemoral amputation
Walking aids
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue "motivated by the progress in this field as displayed" at ICORR 2007: 10th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 13-15 June, 2007, Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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