Treadmill gait retraining following fractured neck-of-femur

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1991 Aug;72(9):649-52.


The rehabilitation outcome of two methods of gait retraining, was studied in 40 elderly women who had fractured the neck-of-femur. Twenty control subjects received conventional gait retraining, and 20 experimental subjects participated in a treadmill gait retraining program. Rehabilitation outcome was determined by temporal-distance gait parameters and mobility level (house-bound, limited, or unlimited). Muscle strength and range of movement of the lower limb were measured. Previously reported predictors of poor outcome (age, prefracture mobility, admission from sites other than own home, availability of caring person, type of ambulatory aid, presence or absence of senile dementia, and number of concomitant medical diseases) were recorded. Subjects were assessed on admission to the gait retraining program and at discharge from hospital. A 3 x 2 chi-square analysis on discharge mobility level showed the mobility level of the treadmill group to be significantly (p less than .05) higher than the mobility level attained by the control group. Analysis of variance showed no significant differences between the two groups at either assessment time. However, a significant increase in within-group variance from admission to discharge (p less than .01) was noted, and this led to the analysis of a subgroup containing six pairs of subjects matched for number of predictors of poor outcome.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Female
  • Femoral Neck Fractures / rehabilitation*
  • Gait*
  • Hip Joint / physiology
  • Humans
  • Movement
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Probability