Gait and stair climbing restoration is pivotal in neurological rehabilitation. A novel gait robot helped to increase training intensity, which is regarded as essential for a successful outcome. A harness-secured patient stands on two footplates, whose movements are fully programmable, so that he or she can practise gait and stair climbing repetitively, up to several hundred steps and stairs per session. A controlled trial with 30 subacute stroke patients revealed a superior gait and stair climbing ability in the experimental group compared with the control group. More studies must follow to better understand the robot–s promising potential.
Volume 49 Number 4, 2012
Pages 613 — 622
Last Reviewed or Updated Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:12 AM