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Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Leo, Rosaria De Luca, Tina Balletta, Antonio Buda, Gianluca La Rosa, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
BACKGROUND: Many studies have demonstrated the usefulness of repetitive task practice by using robotic-assisted gait training (RAGT) devices, including Lokomat, for the treatment of lower limb paresis. Virtual reality (VR) has proved to be a valuable tool to improve neurorehabilitation training. The aim of our pilot randomized clinical trial was to understand the neurophysiological basis of motor function recovery induced by the association between RAGT (by using Lokomat device) and VR (an animated avatar in a 2D VR) by studying electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillations...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575054/hemorrhagic-versus-ischemic-stroke-who-can-best-benefit-from-blended-conventional-physiotherapy-with-robotic-assisted-gait-therapy
#2
Frédéric Dierick, Mélanie Dehas, Jean-Luc Isambert, Soizic Injeyan, Anne-France Bouché, Yannick Bleyenheuft, Sigal Portnoy
BACKGROUND: Contrary to common belief of clinicians that hemorrhagic stroke survivors have better functional prognoses than ischemic, recent studies show that ischemic survivors could experience similar or even better functional improvements. However, the influence of stroke subtype on gait and posture outcomes following an intervention blending conventional physiotherapy with robotic-assisted gait therapy is missing. OBJECTIVE: This study compared gait and posture outcome measures between ambulatory hemorrhagic patients and ischemic patients, who received a similar 4 weeks' intervention blending a conventional bottom-up physiotherapy approach and an exoskeleton top-down robotic-assisted gait training (RAGT) approach with Lokomat...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427422/differences-in-muscle-activity-and-temporal-step-parameters-between-lokomat-guided-walking-and-treadmill-walking-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-patients-and-healthy-walkers
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Klaske van Kammen, Anne M Boonstra, Lucas H V van der Woude, Heleen A Reinders-Messelink, Rob den Otter
BACKGROUND: The Lokomat is a robotic exoskeleton that can be used to train gait function in hemiparetic stroke. To purposefully employ the Lokomat for training, it is important to understand (1) how Lokomat guided walking affects muscle activity following stroke and how these effects differ between patients and healthy walkers, (2) how abnormalities in the muscle activity of patients are modulated through Lokomat guided gait, and (3) how temporal step characteristics of patients were modulated during Lokomat guided walking...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399877/overground-vs-treadmill-based-robotic-gait-training-to-improve-seated-balance-in-people-with-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
#4
Amanda E Chisholm, Raed A Alamro, Alison M M Williams, Tania Lam
BACKGROUND: Robotic overground gait training devices, such as the Ekso, require users to actively participate in triggering steps through weight-shifting movements. It remains unknown how much the trunk muscles are activated during these movements, and if it is possible to transfer training effects to seated balance control. This study was conducted to compare the activity of postural control muscles of the trunk during overground (Ekso) vs. treadmill-based (Lokomat) robotic gait training, and evaluate changes in seated balance control in people with high-thoracic motor-complete spinal cord injury (SCI)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330471/robot-assisted-gait-training-lokomat-improves-walking-function-and-activity-in-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Ki Yeun Nam, Hyun Jung Kim, Bum Sun Kwon, Jin-Woo Park, Ho Jun Lee, Aeri Yoo
Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) after spinal cord injury (SCI) induces several different neurophysiological mechanisms to restore walking ability, including the activation of central pattern generators, task-specific stepping practice and massed exercise. However, there is no clear evidence for the optimal timing and efficacy of RAGT in people with SCI. The aim of our study was to assess the effects of RAGT on improvement in walking-related functional outcomes in patients with incomplete SCI compared with other rehabilitation modalities according to time elapsed since injury...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318816/use-of-electromyography-to-optimize-lokomat-%C3%A2-settings-for-subject-specific-gait-rehabilitation-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-patients-a-proof-of-concept-study
#6
Yosra Cherni, Mickael Begon, Hicham Chababe, Florent Moissenet
OBJECTIVES: While generic protocols exist for gait rehabilitation using robotic orthotics such as the Lokomat(®), several settings - guidance, body-weight support (BWS) and velocity - may be adjusted to individualize patient training. However, no systematic approach has yet emerged. Our objective was to assess the feasibility and effects of a systematic approach based on electromyography to determine subject-specific settings with application to the strengthening of the gluteus maximus muscle in post-stroke hemiparetic patients...
March 16, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289633/improved-gait-speed-after-robot-assisted-gait-training-in-patients-with-motor-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-preliminary-study
#7
Seungwon Hwang, Hye-Ri Kim, Zee-A Han, Bum-Suk Lee, Soojeong Kim, Hyunsoo Shin, Jae-Gun Moon, Sung-Phil Yang, Mun-Hee Lim, Duk-Youn Cho, Hayeon Kim, Hye-Jin Lee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical features that could serve as predictive factors for improvement in gait speed after robotic treatment. METHODS: A total of 29 patients with motor incomplete spinal cord injury received 4-week robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) on the Lokomat (Hocoma AG, Volketswil, Switzerland) for 30 minutes, once a day, 5 times a week, for a total of 20 sessions. All subjects were evaluated for general characteristics, the 10-Meter Walk Test (10MWT), the Lower Extremity Motor Score (LEMS), the Functional Ambulatory Category (FAC), the Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury version II (WISCI-II), the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and the Spinal Cord Independence Measure version III (SCIM-III) every 0, and 4 weeks...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241776/the-effectiveness-of-robot-assisted-gait-training-versus-conventional-therapy-on-mobility-in-severely-disabled-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-patients-ragtime-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
Sofia Straudi, Fabio Manfredini, Nicola Lamberti, Paolo Zamboni, Francesco Bernardi, Giovanna Marchetti, Paolo Pinton, Massimo Bonora, Paola Secchiero, Veronica Tisato, Stefano Volpato, Nino Basaglia
BACKGROUND: Gait and mobility impairments affect the quality of life (QoL) of patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) is an effective rehabilitative treatment but evidence of its superiority compared to other options is lacking. Furthermore, the response to rehabilitation is multidimensional, person-specific and possibly involves functional reorganization processes. The aims of this study are: (1) to test the effectiveness on gait speed, mobility, balance, fatigue and QoL of RAGT compared to conventional therapy (CT) in progressive MS and (2) to explore changes of clinical and circulating biomarkers of neural plasticity...
February 27, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229441/-robotic-systems-for-gait-re-education-in-cases-of-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
#9
T Gandara-Sambade, M Fernandez-Pereira, A Rodriguez-Sotillo
INTRODUCTION: The evidence underlying robotic body weight supported treadmill training in patients with spinal cord injury remains poorly characterized. AIM: To perform a qualitative systematic review on the efficacy of this therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A search on PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library and PEDro was performed from January 2005 to April 2016. The references in these articles were also reviewed to find papers not identified with the initial search strategy...
March 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188024/robotic-assisted-gait-training-improves-walking-abilities-in-diplegic-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#10
L Wallard, G Dietrich, Y Kerlirzin, J Bredin
The robotic-assisted gait training therapy (RAGT), based on intensity and repetition of movement, presents beneficial effects on recovery and improvement of postural and locomotor functions of the patient. This study sought to highlight the effect of this RAGT on the dynamic equilibrium control during walking in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) by analyzing the different postural strategies of the fullbody (upper/lower body) before and after this RAGT in order to generate forward motion while maintaining balance...
May 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158197/rehabilitation-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-effectiveness-of-two-multidisciplinary-treatments
#11
Ilaria Clerici, Davide Ferrazzoli, Roberto Maestri, Fabiola Bossio, Ilaria Zivi, Margherita Canesi, Gianni Pezzoli, Giuseppe Frazzitta
BACKGROUND: to date, there are no medical or surgical treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). It is possible to speculate that patients with PSP could benefit from rehabilitative treatments designed for Parkinson's disease, including the use of robot-assisted walking training. OBJECTIVE: to evaluate whether the use of the robotic device Lokomat® is superior in PSP patients to the use of treadmill with visual cues and auditory feedbacks (treadmill-plus) in the context of an aerobic, multidisciplinary, intensive, motor-cognitive and goal-based rehabilitation treatment (MIRT) conceived for Parkinsonian patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132574/robotic-assisted-gait-training-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-three-month-follow-up-randomized-clinical-trial
#12
Anna Furnari, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Maria Cristina De Cola, Michelangelo Bartolo, Alberto Castelli, Alessia Mapelli, Giampiero Buttacchio, Elena Farini, Placido Bramanti, Roberto Casale
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a robotic-assisted gait training (RAGT), together with a conventional exercise program (CEP), to improve PD ambulation, as compared to standard gait training. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with mild PD stage (H&Y 2-2.5) were randomly assigned to an experimental group (EG) or a control group. The 19 patients in EG received 30 min RAGT (using Lokomat device), whereas the 19 controls received a conventional gait training; both groups received 30 min of CEP...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093370/a-comparison-of-locomotor-therapy-interventions-partial-body-weight-supported-treadmill-lokomat-and-g-eo-training-in-people-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#13
Alberto Esquenazi, Stella Lee, Amanda Wikoff, Andrew Packel, Theresa Toczylowski, John Feeley
BACKGROUND: Literature in the application of gait training techniques in persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is limited. Current techniques require multiple staff and are physically demanding. The use of a robotic locomotor training may provide improved training capacity for this population. OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of 3 different modes of locomotor therapy on gait velocity and spatiotemporal symmetry using an end effector robot (G-EO); a robotic exoskeleton (Lokomat), and manual assisted partial-body weight supported treadmill training (PBWSTT) in participants with traumatic brain injury...
January 16, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990246/feasibility-of-using-lokomat-combined-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-the-rehabilitation-of-foot-drop
#14
Christian B Laursen, Jørgen F Nielsen, Ole K Andersen, Erika G Spaich
This study investigated the clinical feasibility of combining the electromechanical gait trainer Lokomat with functional electrical therapy (LokoFET), stimulating the common peroneal nerve during the swing phase of the gait cycle to correct foot drop as an integrated part of gait therapy. Five patients with different acquired brain injuries trained with LokoFET 2-3 times a week for 3-4 weeks. Pre- and post-intervention evaluations were performed to quantify neurophysiological changes related to the patients' foot drop impairment during the swing phase of the gait cycle...
June 13, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843743/comparison-of-a-robotic-assisted-gait-training-program-with-a-program-of-functional-gait-training-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy-design-and-methods-of-a-two-group-randomized-controlled-cross-over-trial
#15
Alicia J Hilderley, Darcy Fehlings, Gloria W Lee, F Virginia Wright
BACKGROUND: Enhancement of functional ambulation is a key goal of rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy (CP) who experience gross motor impairment. Physiotherapy (PT) approaches often involve overground and treadmill-based gait training to promote motor learning, typically as free walking or with body-weight support. Robotic-assisted gait training (RAGT), using a device such as the Lokomat(®)Pro, may permit longer training duration, faster and more variable gait speeds, and support walking pattern guidance more than overground/treadmill training to further capitalize on motor learning principles...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733593/sensorimotor-integration-of-vision-and-proprioception-for-obstacle-crossing-in-ambulatory-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
#16
Raza Naseem Malik, Rachel Cote, Tania Lam
Skilled walking, such as obstacle crossing, is an essential component of functional mobility. Sensorimotor integration of visual and proprioceptive inputs is important for successful obstacle crossing. The objective of this study was to understand how proprioceptive deficits affect obstacle-crossing strategies when controlling for variations in motor deficits in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Fifteen ambulatory individuals with SCI and 15 able-bodied controls were asked to step over an obstacle scaled to their motor abilities under full and obstructed vision conditions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672753/a-randomized-comparison-of-locomotor-therapy-interventions-partial-body-weight-supported-treadmill-lokomat-%C3%A2-and-g-eo-%C3%A2-training-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#17
Alberto Esquenazi, Stella Lee, Amanda Wikoff, Andrew Packel, Theresa Toczylowski, John Feeley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27499737/short-term-plasticity-in-a-monosynaptic-reflex-pathway-to-forearm-muscles-after-continuous-robot-assisted-passive-stepping
#18
Tsuyoshi Nakajima, Kiyotaka Kamibayashi, Taku Kitamura, Tomoyoshi Komiyama, E Paul Zehr, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Both active and passive rhythmic limb movements reduce the amplitude of spinal cord Hoffmann (H-) reflexes in muscles of moving and distant limbs. This could have clinical utility in remote modulation of the pathologically hyperactive reflexes found in spasticity after stroke or spinal cord injury. However, such clinical translation is currently hampered by a lack of critical information regarding the minimum or effective duration of passive movement needed for modulating spinal cord excitability. We therefore investigated the H-reflex modulation in the flexor carpi radialis (FCR) muscle during and after various durations (5, 10, 15, and 30 min) of passive stepping in 11 neurologically normal subjects...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27469242/placebo-controlled-study-of-rtms-combined-with-lokomat-%C3%A2-gait-training-for-treatment-in-subjects-with-motor-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Hatice Kumru, Jesus Benito-Penalva, Josep Valls-Sole, Narda Murillo, Josep M Tormos, Cecilia Flores, Joan Vidal
High-frequency rTMS combined with gait training improves lower extremity motor score (LEMS) and gait velocity in SCI subjects who are able to walk over ground. The aim of this study was to optimize the functional outcome in early phases of gait rehabilitation in SCI using rTMS as an additional treatment to physical therapy. The present study included 31 motor incomplete SCI subjects randomized to receive real or sham rTMS, just before Lokomat gait training (15 subjects for real, 16 for sham rTMS). rTMS consisted of one daily session for 20 days over vertex (at 20 Hz)...
December 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27380635/the-relationship-between-lower-limb-proprioceptive-sense-and-locomotor-skill-acquisition
#20
Taha Qaiser, Amanda E Chisholm, Tania Lam
Sensorimotor integration is essential for controlling movement and acquiring new motor tasks in humans. The aim of this project was to understand how lower limb proprioceptive sense contributes to the acquisition of a skilled walking task. We assessed lower limb joint position and movement detection sense in healthy human subjects using the Lokomat robotic exoskeleton. Subjects walked on a treadmill to practice a skilled motor task (200 trials) requiring them to match their foot height during the swing phase to the height of a virtual obstacle displayed on a monitor in front of them...
July 5, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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