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Virtual gait training for children with cerebral palsy using the Lokomat gait orthosis


König, A; Wellner, M; Koeneke, S; Meyer-Heim, A; Lünenburger, L; Riener, R (2008). Virtual gait training for children with cerebral palsy using the Lokomat gait orthosis. In: Westwood, J D; Haluck, R S; Hoffman, H M; Mogel, G T; Philipps, R; Robb, R A; Vosburgh, K G. Medicine meets virtual reality 16 : parallel, combinatorial, convergent. Amsterdam, NL: IOS Press, 204-209.

Abstract

The Lokomat gait orthosis was developed in the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the University Hospital Balgrist Zurich and provides automatic gait training for patients with neurological gait impairments, such as Cerebral Palsy (CP). Each patient undergoes a task-oriented Lokomat rehabilitation training program via a virtual reality setup. In four virtual scenarios, the patient is able to exercise tasks such as wading through water, playing soccer, overstepping obstacles or training in a street scenario, each task offering varying levels of difficulty. Patients provided positive feedback in reference to the utilized haptic method, specifically addressing the sufficient degree of realism. In a single case study, we verified the task difficulty.

Abstract

The Lokomat gait orthosis was developed in the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the University Hospital Balgrist Zurich and provides automatic gait training for patients with neurological gait impairments, such as Cerebral Palsy (CP). Each patient undergoes a task-oriented Lokomat rehabilitation training program via a virtual reality setup. In four virtual scenarios, the patient is able to exercise tasks such as wading through water, playing soccer, overstepping obstacles or training in a street scenario, each task offering varying levels of difficulty. Patients provided positive feedback in reference to the utilized haptic method, specifically addressing the sufficient degree of realism. In a single case study, we verified the task difficulty.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:January 2008
Deposited On:09 Dec 2008 09:35
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 07:48
Publisher:IOS Press
Series Name:Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number:132
ISBN:978-1-58603-822-9
Related URLs:http://www.booksonline.iospress.nl/Content/View.aspx?piid=8074 (Publisher)
http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod007250662 (Library Catalogue)
Other Identification Number:PMID: 1839128

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