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Analysis of symmetry between lower limbs during gait of older women with bilateral knee osteoarthritis



Analysis of symmetry between lower limbs during gait of older women with bilateral knee osteoarthritis



Aging Clinical and Experimental Research 2018



Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition in older adults, with high epidemiological, clinical, and economic burden worldwide. In clinical practice, patients with knee OA often walk with abnormal gait patterns because of pain, stiffness and/or mobility dysfunctions. Therefore, assessing the symmetry of the lower limbs might improve the rehabilitation treatment and prescription of walking devices. To compare the symmetry of step length and single support phase between lower limbs during gait of older women with bilateral knee OA and asymptomatic controls, and to verify if there is difference between these two groups in relation to velocity, cadence, step length and single support phase. This cross-sectional study included a convenience sample of 66 community-dwelling older women aged ≥ 65 years with a medical diagnosis of symptomatic bilateral knee OA (n = 33) and asymptomatic controls (n = 33), matched by age and body mass index. All gait parameters were obtained using the GAITRite® system. Mean age of the sample was 72.6 ± 4.0 years. Participants with OA walked with lower velocity (p = 0.001), cadence (p = 0.009) and step length bilaterally (both p = 0.001). No significant difference was found between groups in the symmetry of step length between lower limbs, single support phase and symmetry of single support phase between lower limbs. Older women with bilateral knee OA walk with lower velocity, cadence and step length, but have the same symmetry in the step length and single support phase between lower limbs as asymptomatic older women.

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DOI: 10.1007/s40520-018-0942-9


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