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Physical Activity Behavior Change following Dysvascular Amputation​

 
Following a dysvascular amputation, individuals often adapt their walking patterns to accommodate for loss of ankle function which can result in an asymmetrical walking pattern, negatively influencing walking efficiency and disability. The split-belt treadmill has been shown to improve walking symmetry in patients after stroke by promoting learning of a new walking pattern. The purpose of this study is to identify if the use of error-augmentation gait training is feasible with people who have experienced a dysvascular amputation.


Error-Augmentation Gait Training after Amputation​

 
While total knee arthroplasty improves the pain and disability associated with knee osteoarthritis, physical activity levels after total knee arthroplasty remain at low levels and are nearly unchanged from before surgery. This study is assessing the efficacy of using physical activity behavior-change telerehabilitation for improving physical activity outcomes. The three-month intervention is focused on changing habitual behaviors through remote video telerehabilitation sessions between participants and physical therapists.​
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Optimizing Physical Activity Outcomes after Total Knee Arthroplasty​

 
​While total knee arthroplasty improves the pain and disability associated with knee osteoarthritis, physical activity levels after total knee arthroplasty remain at low levels and are nearly unchanged from before surgery. This study is assessing the efficacy of using physical activity behavior-change telerehabilitation for improving physical activity outcomes. The three-month intervention is focused on changing habitual behaviors through remote video telerehabilitation sessions between participants and physical therapists.



 

Improving Disability Experience after Amputation​

 
​People undergoing dysvascular lower limb amputation due to complications of diabetes mellitus and peripheral artery disease exhibit high-levels of resulting disability. This study combines patient perspectives and commonly used rehabilitation outcome measures to identify key contextual factors associated with long-standing physical disability after dysvascular amputation. The understanding of contextual factors influencing physical disability to be gained from this study will guide the necessary development of behavior-based intervention aimed at improving long term physical disability outcomes.



 

Personalized Reference Charts for Prosthetic Rehabilitation​

 
​A one-size-fits-all approach to prosthetic rehabilitation does not take into account differences in age, cause of amputation, or physical activity before amputation. Working with non-traumatic lower limb amputation and health care providers such as physical therapists and prosthetists, we will begin to develop personalized reference charts to enable precise goal-setting and targeted monitoring. The “patients-like-me” approach has been developed for recovery after total knee arthroplasty and is being adapted to people with lower limb amputation.

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Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD
IMSL Director
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Emily Hager, MS
Professional Research Assistant
 

 
Maggie Givan, MA
Research Services Professional
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Paul Kline, PT, DPT, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


 
Matthew Miller, DPT, NCS
PhD Student
 
 
 


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Chelsey Anderson, CPO
PhD Student
 
 
Kelly Putnam
DPT Student
 
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Kirsten Williams
DPT Student
 
 
 

 
Overground Motion Analysis Lab

  • 1725 square foot motion analysis laboratory

  • Eight camera 3-dimensional motion capture (Vicon)

  • Imbedded forceplates (Bertec)

  • 15 meter walkway

 
Instrumented Split Belt Treadmill Motional Analysis Lab
 
  • Twelve camera 3-dimential motion capture including hardware and software (Vicon)

  • Split-belt force-plate instrumented treadmill (Bertec)

  • Gaterite Electronic Walkway
 
Other Equipment

  • Wearable accelerometer-based systems (Delsys, Actigraph, ActivPAL, Notch)

  • Telemedicine equipment (Tablets for remote participant interaction, Dedicated telehealth workspace)

  • Electromechanical dynamometer (Humac Norm)

  • Indirect Calorimeter (Parvo Medics)
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Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab
13121 E. 17th Ave.
Mail Stop C244
Aurora, CO 80045
Lab Phone: 303-724-6035​
Dr. Christiansen's Office: 303-724-9101

If you’re interested in participating in one of our ongoing clinical trials, call 303-724-6035 or email Emily.Hager@ucdenver.edu​​​​

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