The influence of new reciprocating link medial linkage orthosis on walking and independence in a spinal cord injury patient

Ahmadi Bani, M, Arazpour, M, Farahmand, F, Azmand, A, Hutchins, SW, Vahab Kashani, R and Mousavi, ME 2015, 'The influence of new reciprocating link medial linkage orthosis on walking and independence in a spinal cord injury patient' , Spinal Cord, 53 , S10-S12.

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Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and evaluation of a new medial linkage reciprocating gait orthosis (MLRGO) that incorporates a reciprocal mechanism and is sensitive to pelvic motion to potentially assist paraplegic patients to walk and provide functional independence. Case description and methods: The new orthosis was constructed and tested by a 20-year-old female paraplegic subject with transverse myelitis at T10 level, who was 4 years post injury and had also been an isocentric reciprocating gait orthosis (IRGO) user for 2 years. She received gait training for 12 weeks before undertaking gait analysis, and also completed a questionnaire that was designed to assess the perceived functionality of the new MLRGO when compared with an IRGO. Results: The results demonstrated improvements in gait velocity, step length and cadence, and also improvement in functional independence with the new orthosis compared with an IRGO. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that this new MLRGO could be used for paraplegic patients who would like an improvement in functional independence and ambulation.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Spinal Cord
Publisher: Scientific American
ISSN: 1362-4393
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 13:14
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40590

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