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Feasibility of combining gait robot and multichannel functional electrical stimulation with intramuscular electrodes

Jessica P. McCabe, MPT, et al.

Figure. Study participant receiving combined gait robot and functional electrical stimulation with intramuscular electrodes gait training.

After stroke rehabilitation, many stroke survivors still have walking difficulties. We tested the feasibility of combining a multichannel percutaneous functional electrical stimulation system using intramuscular electrodes (FES-IM) and a gait robot for gait training. Six subjects 6 months after stroke received 30-minute intervention sessions of FES-IM and a gait robot combined for 4 days/week for 12 weeks. Combining FES-IM and a gait robot proved feasible. The combination was advantageous for practice of a subset of gait components. This study provides guidance for the use of two new and sophisticated technologies that help improve walking for veterans after stroke.


Volume 45 Number 7, 2008
   Pages 997 — 1006


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