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Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

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Volume 56, Issue 1


Volume 57 (2012)

MotionTherapy@Home – First results of a clinical study with a novel robotic device for automated locomotion therapy at home

Rüdiger Rupp / Harry Plewa / Christian Schuld / Hans Jürgen Gerner / Eberhard P. Hofer / Markus Knestel
Published Online: 2010-11-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt.2010.051


In incomplete spinal cord injured subjects, task-oriented training regimes are applied for enhancement of neuroplasticity to improve gait capacity. However, a sufficient training intensity can only be achieved during the inpatient phase, which is getting shorter and shorter due to economic restrictions. In the clinical environment, complex and expensive robotic devices have been introduced to maintain the duration and the intensity of the training, but up to now only a few exist for continuation of automated locomotion training at home. For continuation of the automated locomotion training at home prototypes of the compact, pneumatically driven orthosis MoreGait have been realized, which generate the key afferent stimuli for activation of the spinal gait pattern generator. Artificial pneumatic muscles with excellent weight-to-force ratio and safety characteristics have been integrated as joint actuators. Additionally, a Stimulative Shoe for generation of the appropriate foot loading pattern has been developed without the need for verticalization of the user. The first results of the pilot study in eight chronic incomplete spinal cord injured subjects indicate that the home-based therapy is safe and feasible. The therapy related improvements of the walking capacity are in the range of locomotion robots used in clinical settings.

Keywords: gait training; home-based therapy; locomotion therapy; pneumatic actuators; rehabilitation robotics; spinal cord injury

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Corresponding author: Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Rupp, Heidelberg University Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Schlierbacher Landstrasse 200a, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany Phone: +49-6221-96-9230 Fax: +49-6221-96-9234

Received: 2010-03-12

Accepted: 2010-10-13

Published Online: 2010-11-17

Published Online: 2010-11-17

Published in Print: 2011-02-01

Citation Information: Biomedizinische Technik/Biomedical Engineering, Volume 56, Issue 1, Pages 11–21, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt.2010.051.

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