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Effects of robot training on bowel function in patients with spinal cord injury
Huang Q, Yu L, Gu R, Zhou Y, Hu C
Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2015 May;27(5):1377-1378
clinical trial
5/10 [Eligibility criteria: No; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: No; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: No; Adequate follow-up: Yes; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: Yes; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and robot-assisted rehabilitation (RAT) on bowel function in patients with spinal cord injury with respect to defecation time and defecation drug dose (enema). SUBJECTS: Twenty-four patients with spinal cord injury participated in the study. All subjects had an incomplete injury ranging from level T8 to L2. METHODS: The subjects were randomly divided into BWSTT and RAT groups. Walking training was provided to both groups for 20 minutes, four times a week, for one month. The defecation time and enema dose were measured before and after the experiment. RESULTS: The RAT group showed significant shortening of defecation time and decrease of enema dose. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrated that significantly better improvement in bowel function can be achieved with RAT.

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