Do automated electromechanical-assisted gait training devices improve walking after stroke?
The results must be interpreted with caution because variations between the trials were found with respect to duration and frequency of treatment, and differences in ambulatory status of patients. Further, some trials (2) tested electromechanical devices in combination with functional stimulation.
Electromechanical-assisted gait training uses specialist machines to assist walking practice, and can reduce dependence on therapists. The machines consist of either of a robot-driven exoskeleton orthosis¹ or an electromechanical solution with two driven foot plates simulating the phases of gait.² 1. Colombo G et al. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2000;37:693–700. 2. Hesse S et al. Biomedical Engineering 1999;44:194–201.