Energy cost and gait efficiency of below-knee amputee and normal subject with similar physical parameters and quality of life: a comparative case study

Biswas, Durbadal; Roy, Sukumar; Lenka, P.K. and Kumar, Ratnesh (2010) Energy cost and gait efficiency of below-knee amputee and normal subject with similar physical parameters and quality of life: a comparative case study. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 9 (3). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

The study focused on the comparative analysis of energy cost and gait efficiency between a below knee (BK) amputee and a reference subject (without amputation). It also attempted to indicate the specific feature responsible for a controlled gait with optimum energy cost for BK amputees. Selection criteria of the subjects were similar physical parameters and quality of life studied with WHOQOL-100 quality of life assessment. A Cosmed® k4 b2 Respiratory Analyzer system was used for the measurement of Oxygen Uptake (VO2), Energy Expenditure per minute (EE) and Heart Rate (HR). Gait efficiency (p < 0.0002) was found higher for BK amputee than normal subject. The therapeutic activities and mainly walking rhythm contributed to improve the mobility & balance. This ensures the optimum time & co-ordination of movements and hence improves the gait efficiency for the BK amputee. Comparison with control group was performed to validate the data.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Energy Cost, Gait Efficiency, Below knee amputee, Resporatory Analyzer System, Amputation
Subjects:Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
Surgical Procedures, Operative > Orthopedic Procedures
Persons > Disabled Persons
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms > Signs and Symptoms
Biochemical Phenomena, Metabolism, and Nutrition > Metabolism
Nervous System Diseases > Central Nervous System Diseases > Movement Disorders
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Persons > Patients
Therapeutics > Exercise Movement Techniques
ID Code:3616
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:23 November 2010

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