STROKE — LOWER EXTREMITY
At its current state, robotic rehabilitation for lower extremity is still in its infancy, Dobkin, B.H. and Duncan, P.W., “Should Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training and Robotic-Assistive Steppers for Locomotor Training Trot Back to the Starting Gate,” Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 26 (308-317) May 2012.
IMT in close collaboration with the Newman laboratory for biomechanics and human rehabilitation at MIT has developed the “ANKLEBOT”. The technology uses patented Assit-as-Needed™ technology and the initial results are quite encouraging.
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