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Evaluation Of Efficacy & Efficiency In Implementing Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) As A Functionally Assistive Indoor Ambulatory Device For Motor Complete Thoracic Level (T10 –T12) Spinal Cord Injury In Males

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dc.contributor.author Gamage, WGTN
dc.contributor.author Warnakulasuriya, DTD
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-05T13:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-05T13:27:54Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.kdu.ac.lk/handle/345/3100
dc.description.abstract Abstract:- The objective was to evaluate walking velocity, walking endurance & energy expenditure in use of KAFOs over the alternative Aluminum Back Slab & Toe Raising Straps (ABS & TRS) on paraplegic (T10 –T12) ambulation which has not been performed among Sri Lankan patients. This was a case cross over study where fifteen, T10 – T12 motor complete paraplegic males who were practicing indoor ambulation with ABS & TRS & recommended to use KAFOs were recruited. A two weeks standardized ambulatory training was provided with either device prior to test. The 10 meter walk test, 6-minute walk test & physiological cost index (PCI) were used to assess walking velocity, walking endurance & energy expenditure respectively. Testing was done 6 weeks apart. A statistically significant difference was seen in walking velocity (z = -3.30, p = 0.001), with ABS & TRS having faster velocity. The walking endurance was significantly less (z = - 3.41, p = 0.001,) & the energy expenditure was significantly high (z = -3.41, p = 0.001) with KAFOs relative to ABS &TRS. The results are closely compatible with previous studies, but remarkably differed with values of healthy individuals in normal ambulation. The walking velocity & the walking endurance of participants were relatively greater with less energy expenditure during ambulation with ABS & TRS. Therefore, it is concluded that KAFOs have less efficacy & efficiency as a functional indoor ambulatory device over ABS & TRS in rehabilitation of T10 –T12 paraplegic males. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject KAFOs, ABS & TRS, T10 – T12 paraplegics, walking velocity, walking endurance, energy expenditure, 10 meter walk test, 6-minute walk test, physiological cost index (PCI). en_US
dc.title Evaluation Of Efficacy & Efficiency In Implementing Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO) As A Functionally Assistive Indoor Ambulatory Device For Motor Complete Thoracic Level (T10 –T12) Spinal Cord Injury In Males en_US
dc.type Article Full Text en_US
dc.identifier.journal 13th International Research Conference General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos 333-336 en_US


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