Robotic-Assisted Treadmill Therapy

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In the November edition of  European Journal of Paediatric Neurology Borggraefe and his team at the Department of Paediatric Neurology Dr. von Haunersches Children’s Hospital University of Munich Germany and Dr Dabrowski at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Detroit found that Children and adolescents with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy showed improvements in the functional tasks of standing and walking after a 3-week trial of robotic-assisted treadmill therapy. The severity of motor impairment affects the amount of the achieved improvement.

Although few research articles have been published in regards to the rehabilitation outcomes of robotic training in pediatrics the above work indicates that repetitive intensive exercise can improve arm function.
The HandTutor encourages intensive active exercise and has been introduced into Rusk pediatrics rehabilitation in New Jersey.


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