Gait Training with the Robot Suit HAL Well-being Type for a Man with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Masato HASEGAWA, Yoshiyuki SANKAI
2014 Rigakuryoho Kagaku  
Purpose] This case study reports the progress of gait training for a man with chronic cervical incomplete spinal cord injury, utilizing the robot suit HAL ® well-being (HAL). [Subjects and Methods] The case was a male in his 60's with quadriplegia, and his 5 gait training sessions were analyzed for HAL utilization, and his gait function. Progressive gait training with HAL considering fitting adjustment, assistance setting, goal setting, and selfexercise instruction were implemented safely.
more » ... lts] Compared to before HAL training, gait velocity increased from 0.46 to 0.76 m/sec, and step length increased from 32.0 to 50.0 cm. In visual analysis, swing motion improved and longer weight shift to the left side in the stance phase was observed during gait. [Conclusion] This case study of 5 gait training sessions utilizing HAL found improvement in gait function of the man, indicating the effectiveness of neuro-rehabilitation.
doi:10.1589/rika.29.151 fatcat:rgassgmnrjfgtnxlkxv3wdzy2q