Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 1 (February 2017)

Page No.: 1829-1835

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2016.200


Mariam A. Ameer *1, Mohamed E. Khallaf 2.

*1 Department of biomechanics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Dammam University, Saudi Arabia.

2 Department of Physical Therapy for Neuromuscular Disorders and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Correspondence Author Address: Dr.Mariam A. Ameer PT PhD., Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Dammam University, Saudi Arabia. Institutional Address: Al Akrabia, Al-Khober, KSA.

E-Mail: mariam_ameer7@hotmail.com  Or Mamahmoud@ud.edu.sa


Background: Swing phase of walking is considered as one of the most affected phase of gait in diplegic children. This study aimed at studying the effect of task oriented intervention on the Kinetic and kinematic parameters during swing phase of spastic diplegic children.

Materials and Methods: Twenty diplegic children were selected and distributed into two equal groups. Control group received a traditional treatment and an experimental group treated with traditional treatment and treadmill gait training. Gait analysis was done by 3-dimensional motion analysis system with 10 infrared cameras and two force platforms.

Results: Cadence, walking speed, step length, stride length, maximum knee flexion angle, maximum ankle dorsiflexion angle, maximum knee flexion moment and maximum ankle dorsiflex moment showed statistically significant improvement in both groups at P≤ 0.05. Single limb support time showed non-significant improvements in both groups at P≤ 0.05.

Conclusion: The results indicated that the use of task oriented training in the form of treadmill gait training and the conventional physical therapy treatment improve spatiotemporal parameters, knee flexion angle and ankle dorsiflexion moment and decrease the knee flexion moment in swing phase.

Key words: Diplegic children; Treadmill; Swing phase; Gait training.


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Cite this article: Mariam A. Ameer, Mohamed E. Khallaf. EFFECT OF TREADMILL GAIT TRAINING ON DIPLEGIC CHILDREN SWING PHASE GAIT PARAMETERS . Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(1):1829-1835. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.200