CPWalker: Robotic platform for gait rehabilitation in patients with Cerebral Palsy

C. Bayon, O. Ramirez, M. D. Del Castillo, J. I. Serrano, R. Raya, J. M. Belda-Lois, R. Poveda, F. Molla, T. Martin, I. Martinez, S. Lerma Lara, E. Rocon*

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    Abstract

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disorder of posture and movement due to an imperfection or lesion in the immature brain. CP is often associated to sensory deficits, cognition impairments, communication and motor disabilities, behaviour issues, seizure disorder, pain and secondary musculoskeletal problems. New strategies are needed to help to promote, maintain, and rehabilitate the functional capacity, and thereby diminish the dedication and assistance required and the economical demands that this condition represents for the patient, the caregivers and the whole society. This paper describes the conceptualization and development of the integrated CPWalker robotic platform to support novel therapies for CP rehabilitation. This platform (Smart Walker + exoskeleton) is controlled by a multimodal interface to establish the interaction of CP children with robot-based therapies. The objective of these therapies is to improve the physical skills of children with CP and similar disorders. CPWalker concept will promote the earlier incorporation of CP patients to the rehabilitation therapy and increase the level of intensity and frequency of the exercises according to the task, which will enable the maintenance of therapeutic methods in daily basis, with the intention to lead to significant improvements in the treatment outcome.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages3736-3741
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781467380263
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2016
    Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 16 May 201621 May 2016
    https://www.icra2016.org/

    Conference

    Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016
    Abbreviated titleICRA
    CountrySweden
    CityStockholm
    Period16/05/1621/05/16
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Rehabilitation Robotics
    • Top-Down approach

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