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KineAssist: Design and Development of a Robotic Overground Gait and Balance Therapy Device

KineAssist: Design and Development of a Robotic Overground Gait and Balance Therapy Device,10.1310/tsr1502-131,Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation,James P

KineAssist: Design and Development of a Robotic Overground Gait and Balance Therapy Device   (Citations: 8)
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Background and Purpose: Balance and mobility training consists of activities that carry a high risk for falling. The purpose of this article is to describe a novel robotic system for allowing challenging, yet safe, balance and mobility training in persons at high risk for falls. Method: With no initial preconceptions of what device we would build, a user-needs analysis led us to focus on increasing the level of challenge to a patient's ability to maintain balance during gait training and also on maintaining direct involvement of a physical therapist (rather than attempting robotic replacement). The KineAssist ® is a robotic device for gait and balance training that has emerged from a unique design process of a start-up product of a small company and a team of therapists, engineers, mechanical design experts, and rehabilitation scientists. Results: The KineAssist ® provides partial body weight support and postural control on the torso; allows many axes of motion of the trunk and pelvis; leaves the patient's legs accessible to a physical therapist's manipulation during walking; follows a patient's walking motions overground in forward, rotation, and sidestepping directions; and catches an individual who loses balance and begins to fall. Discussion and Conclusion: Design and development of the KineAssist ® proceeded more rapidly in the
Journal: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation - TOP STROKE REHABIL , vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 131-139, 2008
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