Electrogoniometric feedback: Its effect on genu recurvatum in stroke Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of combining electrogoniometric feedback with contemporary physical therapy procedures for treatment of genu recurvatum following stroke. Twenty-six patients suffering knee hyperextension resulting from cerebrovascular disorders were allocated to either a control group or an experimental group. Both groups received treatment for knee hyperextension during two consecutive phases. During phase I the control group received physical therapy and the experimental group received electrogoniometric feedback as an adjunct to physical therapy. In phase II both groups received physical therapy alone. Each phase lasted four weeks, during which time patients were treated 45 minutes daily, five days every week. Subjects in the experimental group showed greater reduction in knee hyperextension. This was particularly evident in phase II when the difference between groups for reduction in knee hyperextension reached statistical significance (U = 40, p = 0.011). These results suggest that the addition of electrogoniometric feedback to standard physical therapy enhanced the effectiveness of treatment for genu recurvatum in stroke.

publication date

  • January 1, 1992