Gait recovery after hemiplegic stroke

Int Disabil Stud. 1990 Jul-Sep;12(3):119-22. doi: 10.3109/03790799009166265.

Abstract

We prospectively evaluated gait recovery in 197 elderly subjects after hemiplegic stroke by measuring serial walking speed. Fifty-seven per cent of subjects (113/197) could not walk without human assistance on day 7 post-stroke. About 40% of this group achieved gait independence at months 1, 2, 3, and 4 post-stroke. In contrast, about 95% of those walking on day 7 maintained gait independence 1, 2, 3, and 4 months post-stroke. Using multiple logistic regression, the best predictors of independent ambulation among the 113 subjects not walking on day 7 were age, line bisection error, and leg power.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Age Factors
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / complications*
  • Gait*
  • Hemiplegia / etiology
  • Hemiplegia / physiopathology*
  • Hemiplegia / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • Walking