Training Modalities in Rehabilitation Robotics

Training Modalities in Rehabilitation Robotics

As we saw in the previous two lessons, rehabilitation robots can generally be categorized as upper-limb rehabilitation robots and lower-limb rehabilitation robots. No matter which part of the body they are targeting to rehabilitate, they can provide four different types of physical therapy that should be chosen based on the patient's needs. They are passive rehabilitation, active-assisted rehabilitation, active-resisted rehabilitation, and bilateral manipulation. Passive Rehabilitation Passive Rehabilitation can be used at the early stages of the impairment where the affected limb has no movement. In this type of therapy, the robot moves the affected limb of the patient through a…
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Lower-Extremity Rehabilitation Robots

Lower-Extremity Rehabilitation Robots

Previously, we learned about rehabilitation and the importance of robot-aided rehabilitation. We have also seen some of the upper-limb rehabilitation robots and how they operate. In this lesson, we will become familiarized with lower-limb rehabilitation robots that are helpful for patients with lower-extremity disorders. Lower-extremity exoskeleton robots can be designed to help the movement of a specific joint, or they are designed for gait rehabilitation. They can also serve as assistive devices to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Joint-specific Rehabilitation/Assistive Exoskeleton Robots Joint-specific rehabilitation/assistive exoskeleton robots are used for body joints rehabilitation and can be made to rehabilitate or…
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