Powered lower limb orthoses: Applications in motor adaptation and rehabilitation

Gregory S. Sawicki, Keith E. Gordon, Daniel P. Ferris*

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Abstract

Task-specific practice can be beneficial for motor rehabilitation after neurological injury. Unfortunately, high labor demands have limited its clinical acceptance, especially for gait rehabilitation. A number of research teams around the world are testing large robotic devices for assisting treadmill stepping as a means for reducing therapist labor. We propose that powered lower limb orthoses may also have a role in assisting gait rehabilitation. Powered orthoses could assist task specific practice of gait with the long-term goal of improving patients' inherent locomotor capabilities. We present data showing that: (1) pneumatically powered lower limb orthoses can provide substantial mechanical assistance to human walking, (2) powered orthoses can lead to motor adaptation of gait in healthy subjects, and (3) powered lower limb orthoses may have positive benefits during gait rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005
Pages206-211
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2005Jul 1 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Volume2005

Other

Other2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period6/28/057/1/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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