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Exoskeletal Neuro-Rehabilitation in Chronic Paraplegic Patients – Initial Results

  • Mirko Aach
  • Renate Meindl
  • Tomohiro Hayashi
  • Irene Lange
  • Jan Geßmann
  • Andre Sander
  • Volkmar Nicolas
  • Peter Schwenkreis
  • Martin Tegenthoff
  • Yoshiyuki Sankai
  • Thomas A. Schildhauer
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 1)

Abstract

Treadmill training after traumatic spinal cord injury is established as a therapy to improve walking capabilities in incomplete injured patients. In this study we investigate walking capabilities after a three month period of HAL® exoskeleton supported treadmill training in patients with chronic (>6 month) complete/incomplete (ASIA A – ASIA C) spinal cord injury. We monitored walking distance, walking speed and walking time with additional analysis of functional improvement by using the 10-m-walk test, the timed-up-and-go test and the WISCI II score in combination with the ASIA classification.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Injury Spinal Cord Injury Patient Treadmill Training Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Body Weight Support 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirko Aach
    • 1
  • Renate Meindl
    • 1
  • Tomohiro Hayashi
    • 1
    • 4
  • Irene Lange
    • 1
  • Jan Geßmann
    • 1
  • Andre Sander
    • 1
  • Volkmar Nicolas
    • 3
  • Peter Schwenkreis
    • 2
  • Martin Tegenthoff
    • 2
  • Yoshiyuki Sankai
    • 1
    • 4
  • Thomas A. Schildhauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Trauma Surgery, BG University Hospital BergmannsheilRuhr-University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, BG University Hospital BergmannsheilRuhr-University BochumBochumGermany
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, BG University Hospital BergmannsheilRuhr-University BochumBochumGermany
  4. 4.Cyberdyne Inc., Institute of Engineering, Mechanics and SystemsUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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