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A wearable robotic knee orthosis for gait training: a case-series of hemiparetic stroke survivors.
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PMID:  22082495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background and Aim: Until recently, robotic devices for stroke rehabilitation had multi-joint designs that were often tethered to a treadmill for gait training. A new single-joint wearable robotic knee orthosis (RKO) has been designed that provides patient-initiated powered-assistance in untethered functional mobility. This case-series documents application of the wearable RKO in untethered functional training with stroke survivors. Technique: Three ambulatory adult stroke survivors used a wearable RKO during 18 one-hour sessions within a six-week physical therapy programme. Subjects were assessed with a variety of balance, gait and functional tests including the Berg Balance Scale (BBS); six-minute walk test (6MWT); and Emory Functional Ambulation Profile (EFAP) at pre-treatment, post-treatment, one-month and three-month follow-up. Discussion: All subjects improved balance, gait and functional performances with mean individual improvements of 12.6% for BBS, 12.0% for 6MWT and 16.7% for EFAP post-treatment. No adverse events occurred. These three stroke survivors may have benefited from the task-specific functional training programme augmented by RKO use.
Christopher Kevin Wong; Lauri Bishop; Joel Stein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prosthetics and orthotics international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1746-1553     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707720     Medline TA:  Prosthet Orthot Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Neurological Institute, Columbia University, Program in Physical Therapy, New York, USA.
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