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Scand J Rheumatol. 2002;31(6):317-23.

Gait in children with juvenile chronic arthritis. Timing and force parameters.

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Department of Woman and Child Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Eva.Brostrom@kbh.ki.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine gait in children with juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) with reference to velocity, ground reaction forces and temporal parameters.

METHODS:

Fifteen children with JCA were assigned into two groups (uni- and bilateral involvement and classified as pauci- or polyarticular arthritis). Fourteen healthy children participated in the control group. Light-beams were used to determine walking velocity and the children with JCA rated their pain on a visual analogue scale. Two force plates registered the ground reaction forces and foot-switches were used to obtain temporal parameters.

RESULTS:

The mean velocity for the children with JCA was significantly less than for the healthy controls. Velocity normalized to height showed a tendency for the children with JCA to walk slower than controls. Differences between JCA children and healthy controls were observed for peak vertical forces during heel contact and push-off. No temporal differences were observed between the groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Such kinetic and temporal information may provide the clinician with a sensitive tool for pre- and post assessment of intra-articular steroid injections and/or physical therapy.

PMID:
12492245
DOI:
10.1080/030097402320817022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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