Robotic Exoskeleton Gait Training for Inpatient Rehabilitation in a Young Adult with Traumatic Brain Injury

Karen J. Nolan, Kiran K. Karunakaran, Naphtaly Ehrenberg, Adam G. Kesten

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Severe and moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes motor deficits leading to impairments in functional ambulation. Motor recovery involves intensive rehabilitation through physical therapy. Current practices in rehabilitation results in variable recovery of motor function and may result in residual gait deviations. Wearable robotic exoskeletons can provide the user with intensive, goal-directed repetition of movement as well as provide the user with stability and balance during gait, compared to conventional physical therapy. During the acute stage of recovery, the brain is healing and relearning and increased intensive motor rehabilitation throughout this stage could result in improved functional ambulation, especially in individuals with severe impairments who are not independent ambulators. This pilot study evaluates the effect of early intervention robotic exoskeleton gait training on lower extremity biomechanics on a 21 year old young adult with TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2809-2812
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636466
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jul 18 2018Jul 21 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2018-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period7/18/187/21/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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