Robotic orthoses for gait rehabilitation: An overview of mechanical design and control strategies

Prashant K. Jamwal, Shahid Hussain, Mergen H. Ghayesh

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Abstract

The application of robotic devices in providing physiotherapies to post-stroke patients and people suffering from incomplete spinal cord injuries is rapidly expanding. It is crucial to provide valid rehabilitation for people who are experiencing abnormality in their gait performance; therefore, design and development of newer robotic devices for the purpose of facilitating patients’ recovery is being actively researched. In order to advance the traditional gait treatment among patients, exoskeletons and orthoses were introduced over the last two decades. This article presents a thorough review of existing robotic gait rehabilitation devices. The latest advancements in the mechanical design, types of control and actuation are also covered. The study comprehends discussions on robotic rehabilitation devices developed both for the training on treadmill and over-ground training. The assist-as-needed strategy for the gait training is particularly emphasized while reviewing various control strategies applied to these robotic devices. This study further reviews experimental investigations and clinical assessments of different control strategies and mechanism designs of robotic gait rehabilitation devices using experimental and clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Early online date9 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2020

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