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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Robotic devices can provide safe, repetitive, high-intensity and long time gait training for patients under precisely control. Application of robotic devices in the field of rehabilitation has obvious advantages.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the role of Lokomat-system in recovery of walking ability in people with incomplete spinal cord injury.

METHODS:

Two male patients with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury were selected to join in Lokomat gait training for 5.5 months. Lower extremity motor scores, 10-meter walk test, the 6-minute walk test, the Berg test were assessed prior to, at 6, 12 weeks and 5.5 months after training.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

After finishing automatic gait training with Lokomat, although lower extremity motor scores was not improved apparently, the 10-meter walk test, the 6-minute and Berg test of the two patients were improved as compared with the pretraining. Automatic gait training with Lokomat is helpful to improve walking ability of patients with incomplete spinal cord injury.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Guo SM, Li JM, Wu QW, Shen HT. Effect of gait training and assessment system of Lokomat automatic robot on walking ability of the patients with incomplete spinal cord injury.Zhongguo Zuzhi Gongcheng Yanjiu. 2012;16(13): 2324-2327. [http://www.crter.cnhttp://en.zglckf.com]

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