The "Anklebot" training system uses robotic-assisted exercise to improve ankle function for people who have impaired mobility after a stroke. Many stroke survivors have residual problems with the ankle joint of their affected leg, such that they cannot safely clear the floor and plant the foot as they step forward. This limits their mobility and puts them at greater risk for falling.
The UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is now using a robotic exoskeleton that allows some individuals with spinal cord injuries the opportunity to stand and walk during therapy sessions. The ReWalk™ system works like a high-tech body suit, providing motorized assistance to help paralyzed patients stand up and move their legs. Therapists work with patients on basic skills, such as sitting and standing, before advancing to walking and more advanced techniques such as climbing up and down stairs.
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of two University of Maryland occupational therapists to leadership positions at the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association.