Robot Leg System Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
Robot leg system Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton (LOPES) is helping stroke victims walk again, Huffington Post UK reports.
Spinal injury patients who have recovered some movement in their legs are also candidates for the robot leg system.
LOPES is a therapeutic robot leg system developed by scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands that works by lifting the legs of the patient in a walking motion. LOPES can also be targeted to particular legs or injuries.
Edwin van Asseldonk, assistant professor at the university, told Huffington Post UK: "For walking, it's very important to maintain balance, and to maintain that, it's about placing your foot in the right place. By making this movement possible in this device, it's also possible to train balance control while walking."
According to the Huffington Post UK, researchers are hoping that patients everywhere will be able to use LOPES at rehabilitation centers worldwide as early as 2012.