therapy

Design and Preliminary Assessment of a Passive Elastic Leg Exoskeleton for Resistive Gait Rehabilitation

Author(s): Edward Peter Washabaugh, Thomas Edmund Augenstein, Alissa Marie Ebenhoeh, Jiajie Qiu, Kaitlyn Ann Ford, Chandramouli Krishnan
Design and Preliminary Assessment of a Passive Elastic Leg Exoskeleton for Resistive Gait Rehabilitation 170 177 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME)
While devices that assist walking can enable individuals with neuromusculoskeletal impairments, recovery is often better facilitated by devices that resist walking. Moreover, current robotic interfaces for gait rehabilitation are typically huge, bulky, and come with a large price tag. This article describes the design and development of a novel, wearable, passive elastic exoskeleton for resistive gait rehabilitation. The system uses counteracting compressional springs, pulleys, and clutches and can be configured to resist flexion, extension, or bidirectionally. Thus, the device can target user-specific muscle weaknesses and accommodate range of motion limitations. These concepts were validated using benchtop and human subject experiments. read more

A Portable Passive Rehabilitation Robot for Upper-Extremity Functional Resistance Training

Author(s): Edward P. Washabaugh, Jane Guo, Chih-Kang Chang, C. David Remy, Chandramouli Krishnan
A Portable Passive Rehabilitation Robot for Upper-Extremity Functional Resistance Training 170 174 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME)

Loss of arm function is common after neurological injuries, such as stroke or cerebral palsy. Robotic devices that address muscle strength deficits in a task-specific manner can assist in the…

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