Robotic exosuit shows promising results in individuals undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation

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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 10 2020
A team of U.S. researchers published the results of a multi-center, single-arm trial of the ReWalk ReStore™ for gait training in individuals undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation.

They found the device safe and reliable during treadmill and overground walking under the supervision of physical therapists. The article, “The ReWalk ReStore soft robotic exosuit: a multisite clinical trial of the safety, reliability, and feasibility of exosuit-augmented post-stroke gait rehabilitation,” was published open access in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation on June 18, 2020

The authors are the principal investigators of each of the five testing sites: Louis N. Awad, PT, DPT, PhD, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA, Alberto Esquenazi, MD, of MossRehab Stroke and Neurological Disease Center, Elkins Park, PA, Gerard E. Francisco, MD, of TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX, Karen J, Nolan, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ, and lead investigator Arun Jayaramam, PT, PhD, of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL.

The ReStore™ exosuit (ReWalk Robotics, Ltd) is the first soft robotic exosuit cleared by the FDA for use in stroke survivors with mobility deficits. The device is indicated for individuals with hemiplegia undergoing stroke rehabilitation under the care of licensed physical …

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