Robotic Rehabilitation System
- Created: 21 August 2012
- Last Updated: 20 May 2015
- 21 August 2012
Hstar is developing an advanced robotic rehabilitation (RehaBot) system that helps patients undergoing gait training therapy for neurological and muscular injuries or functional impairments, accomplish a wide range of ambulatory tasks.
Gait training therapy helps individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) stand and walk with mechanical or human assistance. Many researchers agree that gait training should begin as soon after injury as is prudently possible. The theory is that if the SCI does not result in a complete severing of the spinal nerves, then prompt resumption of a walking action may allow an injured patient to strengthen the connectivity between the brain and the spinal cord, thus enhancing the ability to step.
RehaBot could allow therapists to work simultaneously with multiple patients at individual stations, thus maximizing the number of patients receiving treatment. Additionally, RehaBot can help relieve physical therapists from the burden of heavy, repetitive, and labor-intensive work some training regimens currently demand, and instead focus on the quality of treatment.
Advantage of RehaBot:
- Human - Robot Interaction that allows for dynamic adjustment in force and resistance; Facilitating the performance of movements that are highly-repeatable;
- Allows for different terrains to be used; Mimic satisfactorily gait in real-life conditions;
- Safe, reconfigurable and desirable impedance control capacity that allows for haptic feedback and real-time monitoring;
- Capturing emotional information in virtual reality (VR)-based human-computer interaction systems designed for neuro-rehabilitation
- Allows for patient and provider communications
- Operate at remote site for out-patient training.
US Patent Pending - "A Lower Extremity Robotic Rehabilitation System"