The influence of new reciprocating link medial linkage orthosis on walking and independence in a spinal cord injury patient

Ahmadi Bani, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2015

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1038/sc.2014.196
  3. Publisher: Nature Publishing Group , 2015
  4. Abstract:
  5. Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and evaluation of a new medial linkage reciprocating gait orthosis (MLRGO) that incorporates a reciprocal mechanism and is sensitive to pelvic motion to potentially assist paraplegic patients to walk and provide functional independence. Case description and methods: The new orthosis was constructed and tested by a 20-year-old female paraplegic subject with transverse myelitis at T10 level, who was 4 years post injury and had also been an isocentric reciprocating gait orthosis (IRGO) user for 2 years. She received gait training for 12 weeks before undertaking gait analysis, and also completed a questionnaire that was designed to assess the perceived functionality of the new MLRGO when compared with an IRGO. Results: The results demonstrated improvements in gait velocity, step length and cadence, and also improvement in functional independence with the new orthosis compared with an IRGO. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that this new MLRGO could be used for paraplegic patients who would like an improvement in functional independence and ambulation
  6. Keywords:
  7. Adult ; Case report ; Gait orthosis ; Isocentric reciprocating gait orthosis ; Kinematics ; Medial linkage reciprocating gait orthosis ; Priority journal ; Questionnaire ; Biomechanics ; Joint characteristics and functions ; Movement (physiology) ; Orthosis ; Pathophysiology ; Physiology ; Biomechanical Phenomena ; Female ; Hip ; Humans ; Movement ; Orthotic Devices ; Range of Motion, Articular ; Spinal Cord Injuries ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Walking ; Young Adult
  8. Source: Spinal Cord ; Volume 53 , October , 2015 , Pages S10-S12 ; 13624393 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.nature.com/sc/journal/v53/n1s/full/sc2014196a.html