Treadmill-virtual reality combined training program to improve gait in multiple sclerosis individuals

Agnese Peruzzi, Andrea Cereatti, Ugo Delia Croce, Ignazio R. Zarbo, Anat Mirelman

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Abstract

Gait disturbances are common in multiple sclerosis (MS) subjects. In particular, a non-physiological reduction of the walking speed and an increase of the gait variability is observed during a concurrent walking and cognitive challenge task. Virtual reality (VR) allows the delivery of challenging environments to train gait of MS individuals. This study aims to investigate the effects of two types of intensive treadmill-based interventions on gait of MS individuals. The two interventions share the same training protocol, except for the use of VR. Seventeen MS patients enrolled in the study were randomized in treadmill training (TT) group and treadmill training with VR (TT-VR) group. Assessments, performed before and immediately after the interventions, included gait analysis (single and dual-task conditions) and motor tests. Gait spatial-temporal parameters significantly improved in both groups. Ankle and hip kinetics improved in dual task only, for the TT-VR group. The preliminary results of this study suggest that TT-VR may significantly improve gait performance during complex conditions of MS individuals. The experimental research is still ongoing and more subjects will be recruited.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages18-23
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479989843
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 9 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR
ISSN (Electronic)2331-9569

Conference

Conference11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period9/06/1512/06/15

Keywords

  • dual task
  • gait
  • multiple sclerosis
  • rehabilitation
  • treadmill
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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