The UMCG Rahabilitation Center starts with gait training in exoskeleton for patients with a partial paralysis because of brain injury or paraplegia. The skeleton is a supplement to existing training methods. The exoskeleton allows the patients to train earlier and more intensive. The center hopes that patients who have the connection between brain and muscles shortly after injury still (partially) intact, can reach their end results sooner with the exoskeleton. The expectation is that patients who were not able to join gait training with the current methods, now are able to start excersising and that patients with a restricted gait function will learn to walk better and longer distances.
First in the Netherlands
The Rehabilitation Center is the first in the Netherlands to use the exoskeleton structurally in the treatment of brain injury patients. The cutting edge skeleton of Ekso Bionics can be adjusted per patient. It gives feedback constantly on how the skeleton is supporting the patient and where it is not supporting the patient. The functions that are still intact, are performed by the patient himself or herself. The functions that are not intact, are supported by the skeleton. As the training progresses and the functions improve, the level of support can be adjusted. In this manner, the patient trains all functions in an optimal fashion.
Beatrixoord Noord-Nederland Foundation
The exoskeleton was purchased with the financial support of the Beatrixoord Noord-Nederland Foundation. De foundation is a charitable organisation and supports projects in the Northern Netherlands for people with a physical handicap, chronic illness or tuberculosis.
Source article: umcg.nl
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