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Gait efficiency using the C-leg


Orendurff MS, Segal AD, McDowell ML, Klute GK, Pecoraro, JA, Czerniecki JM



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VA Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 43(2):239-46


Microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees are claimed to improve gait efficiency in transfemoral (TF) amputees. This hypothesis was tested in a prospective randomized crossover trial that compared the Mauch SNS knee and the C-Leg microprocessor-controlled knee in eight TF amputees. The subjects were given a 3-month acclimation period in each knee. Then, their net oxygen cost (mL/kg/m) was measured while they walked overground at four speeds in random order: 0.8 m/s, 1.0 m/s, 1.3 m/s, and self-selected walking speed (SSWS). The C-Leg caused small reductions in net oxygen cost that were not statistically significant compared with the Mauch SNS at any of the walking speeds (p > 0.190). Subjects chose higher SSWSs with the C-Leg compared with the Mauch SNS (mean +/- standard deviation = 1.31 +/- 0.12 m/s vs 1.21 +/- 0.10 m/s, respectively, p = 0.046) but did not incur higher oxygen costs (p = 0.270), which suggests greater efficiency only at their SSWS.

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