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Stroke leads to impairments at different levels. Not only walking abilities are impaired after stroke but also trunk function, strength, balance and functional performance. Even in the latter phase after stroke, both walking abilities and trunk function remain restricted. Restoring walking function is often the main goal of rehabilitation after stroke and the focus of post-stroke physiotherapy is often on regaining walking and mobility. Reduced walking ability after stroke is a predictor for discharge to a nursing home and associated with an increased probability of death. In addition, walking endurance, measured by a six-minute walking test, has a high correlation with community reintegration after a stroke. Both trunk function and the ability to walk are often limited after stroke. A previous study observed that a significant correlation exists between these two functions, when measured with standardized clinical measurement scales . Due to the functional relevance and the link between both functions, further investigation however is warranted. Current lack of knowledge exists in investigating the relation between trunk and gait muscle strength, and this is key for informing clinical practice. For instance, should trunk muscle strength be a significant determinant of gait function, therapy should incorporate specific training for improving trunk muscle strength. The primary objective of the study is to investigate if trunk muscle function in combination with lower limb muscle function are significant determinants of walking ability after stroke. Secondly, the investigators will examine if there are other determinants such as cognition, balance, spasticity, ability of performing selective movements and sensitivity of the lower extremities for walking ability.

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NCT number NCT04069039
Study type Observational
Source KU Leuven
Status Completed
Start date September 30, 2019
Completion date September 15, 2021

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