“Robotic Suit” Being Explored for Improving Walking in People with MS
March 9, 2016
Shuo-Hsiu Chang, PhD (The University of Texas Health Science Center) and colleagues have preliminary findings that using a “wearable robotic exoskeleton” helped a young woman with MS to reduce energy and muscle exertion during walking. The exoskeleton, which is used in individuals with spinal cord injury, uses the person’s weight shifts to activate sensors that initiate steps, and then battery-powered motors drive the legs. The team is conducting a trial of this rehabilitation strategy in 10 people with MS, with funding from a Pilot Research Award from the National MS Society.
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