Visual Feedback to Improve Balance During Walking

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Status

Completed

Conditions

Patient Falls
Other Fall

Treatments

Procedure: Treadmill Walking
Other: Visual Feedback

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01690611
366151-1

Details and patient eligibility

About

The goal of this research is to determine if real time visual feedback of body movements improves balance control more than walking on a treadmill alone. Individuals participating in this research study will be tested using a battery of clinical strength and balance assessments twice before a 4 week training period and once after the training period. The 4 week training period will consist of 12 sessions walking on a treadmill. The experimental group will see real time visual feedback regarding their body movements, and the control group will not receive this visual feedback. Following the 4 week training each participant will again be tested using the battery of clinical strength and balance assessments.

Enrollment

40 patients

Sex

All

Ages

65+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Fall Prone Older Adults (history of falls or loss of balance)
  • ability to walk on the treadmill hands-free without assistance
  • Mini-Mental Status Exam > 23

Exclusion criteria

  • Current enrollment in physical rehabilitation of any kind
  • Medically unstable

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

40 participants in 2 patient groups

Walking & Visual Feedback
Experimental group
Description:
Individuals in this arm will walk on a treadmill while viewing real time visual feedback regarding their body motions and use the visual feedback to correct their body motions.
Treatment:
Other: Visual Feedback
Procedure: Treadmill Walking
Walking & No Visual Feedback
Active Comparator group
Description:
Individuals in this arm will walk on a treadmill without viewing real time visual feedback regarding their body motion.
Treatment:
Procedure: Treadmill Walking

Trial contacts and locations

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