FES powered locomotion of paraplegics fitted with the LSU reciprocating gait orthoses (RGO)

M. Solomonow, R. Baratta, H. Shoji, M. Ichie, S. Hwang, N. Rightor, W. Walker, R. Douglas, R. D'Ambrosia

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Abstract

Summary form only given, as follows. The LSU reciprocating gait orthoses (RGO) was fitted to a large population of paraplegics, allowing independent upright posture, balance and stability, execution of the swing phase in one leg simultaneously with push off of the contralateral leg, and unassisted ability to walk over moderate distances. A four-channel reciprocal muscle stimulator was applied to a group of paraplegics with the objective of improving the gait pattern and reducing the metabolic energy consumption. After six weeks of functional electrical stimulation (FES) exercise to the quadricep and hamstring muscles, analysis shows that locomotion with the FES-RGO system reduces the patient's pulse rate by 11-17 pulses/minute, as well as improving the gait pattern by reduction of posterior pelvic tilt, floor clearance and postural balance. Subjective patient remarks strongly support the added value of the reciprocal FES stimulator. One C-5 paraplegic, who was unable to walk with the aid of the RGO alone, managed to become ambulatory once the FES stimulator was applied.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: 1988 Nov 41988 Nov 7

Other

OtherProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period88/11/488/11/7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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