Robotic Exoskeleton Exercise Improves Walking Ability and Thinking Speed in Small Society-Funded Study
June 1, 2021
A four-week exercise/rehabilitation program using a wearable robotic “exoskeleton” improved walking ability, information processing speed, and brain connectivity (how parts of the brain interact with one another) significantly more than standard walking rehabilitation in a small study of ten people with MS who had walking problems. A robotic exoskeleton allows people to walk over ground in close engagement with a rehabilitation therapist. Further study in larger numbers of people is needed to confirm these findings. This study was partly funded by the National MS Society.
"A pilot randomized controlled trial of robotic exoskeleton-assisted exercise rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis,"
by Drs. Ghaith J. Androwis, John DeLuca, and colleagues, was published on April 4, 2021 in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.