Walking after stroke. Measurement and recovery over the first 3 months

Scand J Rehabil Med. 1987;19(1):25-30.


Sixty surviving patients had their walking ability and speed assessed regularly over the first 3 months after an acute stroke. Sixty-four matched controls were studied to allow categorisation of speed as 'slow' or 'normal'. Fourteen patients never had any significant loss of walking speed; fifteen patients never recovered the ability to walk and one patient remained dependent upon verbal support. Of the 30 showing significant recovery, only 10 regained normal speed, and 8 remained dependent upon a physical aid at 3 months. Plotting individual recovery curves of walking speed over time showed the wide range of change which may be expected. It is argued that timing of gait over 10 metres is a valid reliable measure that is currently underused.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Infarction / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gait
  • Hemiplegia / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Locomotion*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*