Robotic device to enhance balance and gait in Parkinson’s patients

A wearable, lightweight cable-driven robot.


People with Parkinson’s infection usually encounter stride and adjust issue that adds to falls, portability misfortune, and lessened freedom and personal satisfaction.

Albeit most falls among Parkinson’s patients happen amid strolling, momentum inquires about has fundamentally centered around patients’ reaction to adjust bothers while standing.

With an end goal to fill this hole, Columbia neurologists and architects are utilizing a robotic device to examine how Parkinson’s influences the capacity to walk and react to adjust annoyances.

The robotic device ­– called Active-Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (A-TPAD) – is a wearable, lightweight link is driven robot that can be modified to push or force the pelvis a coveted way as a man strolls on a treadmill.

Dr. Sunil Agrawal and group planned the gadget and have been working with Lan Luo, MD, Movement Disorders Fellow; Un Jung Kang, MD, head of the Division of Movement Disorders; and Stanley Fahn, MD, chief emeritus of Columbia’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders, to test the gadget with patients.

In their latest examination – distributed in Scientific Reports – the agents utilized the gadget to break down, without precedent for Parkinson’s patients, the impacts of multidirectional bothers of various amplitudes conveyed while strolling.

The specialists discovered lessened dependability and a failure to deliver proactive expectant modifications among patients, however, the capacity to adjust to numerous irritations or to alter reactions to changing amplitudes or headings was similar to a gathering of solid subjects.

As revealed by Columbia Engineering, the two gatherings enhanced their unperturbed strolling after a solitary instructional meeting with rehashed midriff pull annoyances.

Dr. Kang said, “A-TPAD provides both insight into the specific mechanisms underlying the propensity of Parkinson’s patients to fall and a novel tool to train them to avoid falls.”

“The potential of such training to prevent accompanying morbidity from the falls and to improve their quality of life is great.”

Journal Reference
  1. Martelli, D., Luo, L., Kang, J. et al. Adaptation of Stability during Perturbed Walking in Parkinson’s Disease. Sci Rep 7, 17875 (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-18075-6
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