Sensory Integration and Motor Control in Walking after Stroke - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Sensory Integration and Motor Control in Walking after Stroke


The goal of this study is to understand the effect of a person's ability to sense loading of their legs on their ability to walk. This study aims to improve our understanding of sensory impairments in the lower extremities in stroke survivors. We postulate that load perception is impaired post stroke and the impairments influence gait symmetry. Our custom, motorized body weight support (BWS) system allows for real time control of the amount of BWS, coordinated to the gait cycle and is used to probe loading perception in the lower extremities during walking.

IRB Protocol Number
Principal Investigator(s)
Brian Schmitt

Clinical Trial Categories

  • Brain Injury Research
  • Gait Research
  • Stroke Research
  • General Rehabilitation
American Heart Association
Who Can Participate

Stroke survivors:

• 18 or older
• At least 6 months post stroke
• Medically stable
• No history or evidence of peripheral nerve damage in lower extremities

Healthy adults:

• 50 or older
• No history or evidence of neurological disorders