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Step robotics (mobilab)

Investigating training of walking

Staprobotica (mobilab)

Investigating training of walking using robots on quality of life and bowel dysfunction, in people with chronic total spinal cord injury.

In this project, Thomas More and the To Walk Again Rehabilitation Center are joining forces to set up an 18-month longitudinal study of the effects of RAGT (robot-assisted walking training) on quality of life and bowel dysfunction, in people with chronic total spinal cord injury (SCI).

Powered exoskeletons, such as the Ekso GT, are designed for "robotic gait training" (RAGT). This rehabilitation technology can be used, for example, in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Individuals with SCI, by definition, lead a sedentary lifestyle that can lead to a variety of secondary complications, such as increased risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased joint range of motion, decreased bone mineral density, and bladder and bowel disorders. In addition, psychological components such as body image, self-esteem, self-efficacy, psychological well-being and quality of life in general can be affected in a positive way.

To Walk Again firmly believes that RAGT can improve the quality of life and reduce secondary health problems of these patients. However, to date there have been very few studies on this, and certainly none conducted over a longer period of time. Therefore, To Walk Again onducted an 18-month longitudinal study of the effects of RAGT on quality of life and bowel dysfunction, in people with chronic complete SCI.

More participants will be added to the analyses to further investigate the long-term effects of RAGT. Also, our study population will be expanded to include chronic stroke and motor incomplete SCI patients.

If you are interested in participating, please contact your therapist at To Walk Again or email info@towalkagain.be