Thursday, November 10, 2011

RoboLegs Developed for Stroke Patients Can Be Used for MS Therapy for Learning to Walk Again

Dutch scientists make 'RoboLegs' for stroke patients, which can also be used for MS therapy to help people with Multiple Sclerosis learn to walk again.

Scientists in the Netherlands are using robotic legs to try to improve the movement of stroke patients, which could also be used for helping Multiple Sclerosis patients learn to walk again.

The prototype device is called the Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton, or LOPES, and works by training the body and mind of a patient to recover a more natural step.

The machine is also being tested on spinal injury patients who have recovered some restricted movement in their legs.

It is hoped a commercial version could be made available to rehabilitation centres around the world as early as next year.

This information was posted on September 23, 2011.

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