Thirty percent of stroke survivors, including some 300,000 Americans every year, are left with compromised walking ability. As our population ages, these numbers will undoubtedly grow, increasing the already high demand for technology to support gait training.
“For most stroke survivors who are left with mobility impairments, recovering the ability to walk is at or near the top of their wish list for rehabilitation,” says Darcy Reisman, associate professor of physical therapy. “It’s also critical to their being able to live at home again after a stroke.”
Wearable robots, which use electrically actuated motors to control joint motion, are ideal candidates to automate gait training. However, while great advances have been made in sensing, actuation, and computation, the potential of wearable robots in gait neuro-rehabilitation has not yet been fully realized. Read the full article on UDaily.