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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18298

Title: Relationship Between Clinical Measures of Sensorimotor Function and Walking in Individuals with Chronic Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Authors: Flett, Heather
Advisor: Verrier, Molly
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Keywords: spinal cord injury
locomotion
measurement
gait
muscle strength
sensation
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2010
Abstract: Objectives: To describe the relationship between sensorimotor function and walking in incomplete SCI. Methods: 25 subjects were assessed using Lower Extremity Motor (LEMS) and Pinprick (LEPS) scores, and 7 walking measures: FIM-Locomotor Score, Assistive Device Score, Walking Index for SCI, 10-metre Walk Test (10mWT), Timed Up and Go (TUG), Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) and Walking Mobility Scale. Results: Walking and sensorimotor function varied between subjects. Walking measures significantly correlated with LEMS and individual leg muscles but not LEPS. 21/22 ambulatory subjects had LEMS threshold>20. Non-ambulatory subjects didn’t achieve threshold. Not all subjects completed all walking measures: 10mWT: n=19; TUG: n=14, 6MWT: n=13. Most walking measures were significantly related. 10mWT and 6MWT were highly correlated. Subjects walking0.95 m/s didn’t reach predicted 6MWT. Conclusion: Lower extremity strength is important for walking and should be further examined with other factors in a range of subjects across different measures to fully understand these relationships.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18298
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