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Sample Uses for the StepWatchTM

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by Cyma, Inc.

StepWatch-TM device

The StepWatchTM has many possible applications in medicine and rehabilitation. Studies completed or currently in progress are listed below.

Descriptive Studies

  • Levels and patterns of activity of males with advanced diabetes
  • Activity levels in children with and without physical disability
  • Wandering behavior with Alzheimer's disease
  • Activity of horses in stalls (for equine fracture management)
  • Activity of horses in pasture
  • Activity levels of healthy persons of all ages (normative)*
  • Ambulatory demands of jobs commonly entered after vocational rehabilitation*
  • Activity levels of residents in a continuing care retirement community*
  • Comparison of StepWatchTM accuracy and reliability to CaltracTM and other instruments for measurement of physical activity

Outcomes Measurement

  • Dynamic elastic response foot vs. rigid keel foot in lower limb prostheses
  • Elastomeric suspension liner vs. traditional PeLite TM liner for trans-tibial prostheses
  • Ambulatory activity before and after elective lower limb amputation
  • Effect of exercise program on activity of Alzheimer's patients
  • Effect of exercise program on activity of elderly women following hip fracture
  • Effect of exercise program on recovery of stroke patients
  • Effect of total hip replacement on ambulatory activity
  • Effect of cartilage replacement on activity in an animal model and in humans
  • Effect of spinal implants on ambulatory activity in humans
  • Effect of physical therapy for lower back pain on ambulatory activity*

Basic and Clinical Science

  • Association of total hip prosthesis wear rates with ambulatory activity (Awarded the Hip Society's prestigious Charnley Award [2000] for important advances in the management of hip disorders)
  • Relationship between cognitive function and physical performance after stroke
  • Relationship between activity levels in children and obesity
  • Estimation of habitual plantar pressures from step and standing activity
  • Tracking of recovery following lower limb amputation
  • Relationship between self-selected walking velocity and ambulatory activity level
  • Relationship between physical activity and cardiovascular disease in adults

* Indicates research conducted under NIH NCMRR SBIR Grant# R44 HD39036.

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012
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