Robotic Exosuit Augmented Locomotion (REAL) gait training

Slow walking speeds and impaired walking patterns are complex problems that persist after a stroke. Soft robotic exosuits have been shown to be capable of improving post-stroke walking patterns and walking speed when they are worn and powered on. We believe that these immediate gait benefits can be leveraged during high-intensity gait rehabilitation to facilitate durable, long-standing therapeutic improvements in both the speed and quality of post-stroke walking. To this end, we are developing and evaluating a standardized Robotic Exosuit Augmented Locomotion (REAL) gait training program centered on our team’s understanding of human-exosuit interaction and contemporary motor learning concepts. This project is currently in the demonstration-of-concept phases.

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Targeting Paretic Propulsion and Walking Speed with a Soft Robotic Exosuit: A Consideration-of-Concept Trial.
Frontiers in Neurorobotics.
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These Legs were Made for Propulsion: Advancing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-Stroke Propulsion Deficits.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.
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The ReWalk ReStoreTM Soft Robotic Exosuit: A Multi-site Clinical Trial of the Safety, Reliability, and Feasibility of Exosuit-Augmented Post-Stroke Gait Rehabilitation.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
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Walking Faster and Farther With a Soft Robotic Exosuit: Implications for Post-Stroke Gait Assistance and Rehabilitation.
IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology.
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Reducing Circumduction and Hip Hiking During Hemiparetic Walking through Targeted Assistance of the Paretic Limb using a Soft Robotic Exosuit.
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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A Soft Robotic Exosuit Improves Walking in Patients after Stroke.
Science Translational Medicine.
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Study Flyer

We are seeking interested individuals who have experienced a stroke (> 6 months) to participate in an ongoing clinical trial! Participants will undergo gait rehabilitation for 4-6 weeks using the soft robotic exosuit, with training provided by a physical therapist. There is no cost or insurance required for participation.