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“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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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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