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Title: Ankle plantarflexor spasticity does not restrict the recovery of ankle plantarflexor strength or ankle power generation for push-off during walking following traumatic brain injury.
Authors: Williams, Gavin
Banky, Megan
Olver, John
Keywords: Ankle
Ankle Joint
Ankle Injuries
Injuries, Ankle
Muscle Spasticity
Range of Motion, Articular
Brain Injuries
Trauma, Brain
Injuries, Brain
Traumatic Brain Injury
Muscle Strength
Recovery of Function
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Citation: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2016 Sep.
Abstract: Objective: The main aim of this project was to determine the impact of plantarflexor spasticity on muscle performance for ambulant people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Setting: A large metropolitan rehabilitation hospital. Participants: Seventy-two ambulant people with TBI who were attending physiotherapy for mobility limitations. Twenty-four participants returned for a 6-month follow-up reassessment. Design: Cross-sectional cohort study. Main Measures: Self-selected walking speed, Tardieu scale, ankle plantarflexor strength, and ankle power generation (APG). Results: Participants with ankle plantarflexor spasticity had significantly lower self-selected walking speed; however, there was no significant difference in ankle plantarflexor strength or APG. Participants with ankle plantarflexor spasticity were not restricted in the recovery of self-selected walking speed, ankle plantarflexor strength, or APG, indicating equivalent ability to improve their mobility over time despite the presence of spasticity. Conclusion: Following TBI, people with ankle plantarflexor spasticity have significantly greater mobility limitations than those without spasticity, yet retain the capacity for recovery of self-selected walking speed, ankle plantarflexor strength, and APG.
DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000166
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ISSN: 0885-9701
Journal Title: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cross-Sectional Study
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