“Body weight–supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and robotic-assistive step training (RAST) should not be provided routinely to disabled, vulnerable persons in place of over-ground gait training (OGT) outside of a scientifically conducted efficacy trial. BWSTT, RAST and locomotor training (LT) have not proven superior to exercise and progressive OGT to improve walking for motor impaired patients with stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy. This conclusion, based on scientifically conducted, randomized clinical trials (RCTs), is most disappointing.” Bruce H. Dobkin, MD, Pamela W. Duncan, PT, PHD: Should Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training and Robotic-Assistive Steppers for Locomotor Training Trot Back to the Starting Gate?, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 12 March 2012 .
Read complete research study here: http://www.secondstepinc.com/PDF/Dobkin_and_Duncan_on_Locomotion_Training3.pdf
David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.
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