K – 40’s
Traumatic brain injury
Case Study by Hobbs Rehabilitation – poster accepted for presentation at ACPIN 2018, Manchester
K is a man in his 40’s experiencing severe spasticity, dystonia and ataxia following a traumatic brain injury some years before. These symptoms meant that he was unable to transfer or mobilise independently without the use of a rota-turner and a carer.
Mollii was tried in order to assess if a single 1 hour session would improve his gait due to reductions in the symptoms that the Suit can induce. This was measured using the LiteGait Gaitsens 2000, recording key measurements digitally.
There were significant observable changes in his gait parameters which supported the purchase of a Suit via his case managers:
- Decrease in difference of step length
- Decrease in percentage of time spent in double support
- An equal increase in stride time
- Decrease in step asymmetry, cadence and
- A narrower base of support
- The Centre of Load mapping showed a symmetrical hourglass pattern and a clear increase in forward position of the left leg. There were also reduced dystonic movements at rest, reduced agitation and improved bladder control noted by his carers and clinicians.
5 months after purchase and regular use of the Suit the results and benefits had continued, allowing therapy to be focussed on his function rather than the time taken just to reduce movements due to spasticity.