A review of lower-limb wearable exoskeletons for overground rehabilitation
Document typeConference report
PublisherGrupo de Investigación de Biomateriales y Biomecánica
Rights accessOpen Access
Gait disorders are common among people with neuromuscular impairments –60% of the patients– and generally have a high impact on their quality of life . Lack of physical activity increases the risk of secondary health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular complications, bowel/bladder dysfunction, obesity, osteoporosis and ulcers; which can further diminish life expectancy. Therefore, walking recovery is one of the main rehabilitation priorities for patients with a neuromuscular impairment. Wearable exoskeletons are emerging as a revolutionary device for gait rehabilitation, mainly due to both the active participation required from the user promoting physical activity10 and the possibility to work as an assistive device in the community. In fact, the number of research studies during the past 10 years has shown a large increase following the general tendency of rehabilitation robotics . Although wearable exoskeletons are starting to be used in clinical practice, their efficacy is still not clear. This study provides a comprehensive overview on wearable powered exoskeletons for overground rehabilitation without body weight support in people with neuromuscular impairments.
CitationRodriguez, A.; Lobo, J.; Font-Llagunes, J.M. A review of lower-limb wearable exoskeletons for overground rehabilitation. A: Reunión del Capítulo Español de la Sociedad Europea de Biomecánica. "Programa detallado y libro de resúmenes: IX Reunión del Capítulo Español de la Sociedad Europea de Biomecánica (ESB): 24 y 25 de octubre de 2019, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria". Grupo de Investigación de Biomateriales y Biomecánica, 2019, p. 23-24.