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Robots in the rehabilitation of the functional status of patients: prospects for use in clinical pra

Author: Anna Ilyushchenko, geritrician

Affiliation: Russian Gerontology Research and Clinical Center, Moscow


Robots in the rehabilitation of the functional status of patients: prospects for use in clinical practice.

During the congress on September 28-30 in London, many important problems of geriatrics and ways to overcome them were discussed. Maintaining a level of physical activity is an important part of health promotion in older person. Lack of physical activity leads to reduced muscle strength, loss of muscle mass and bone mineral density, and consequently to increased incidence of falls and fractures.

A new approach to solving this problem was proposed in the report of Jaime Duarte about wearable robots the Myosuit for mobility impairments. It was very interesting to see further developments with breed mechanisms of influence on the patient. The Myosuit an untethered wearable robot that has been confirmed to be effective in patients with such diseases as мultiple sclerosis, limb-girdle muscle dystrophy, syringomyelia, increase in walking speed and exercise tolerance achieve by using the Myosuit on a regular basis [1,2]. The presentation of the development on patients showed how compact and user-friendly these technologies are becoming. The results of use the Muosuit look promising for the rehabilitation of patients. Further implementation of these technologies in clinical practice can change the lives of patients, their daily routine.

The Myosuit is a lightweight tendon-driven robot suitable both for supporting its user during physical therapy (a) and to improve mobility in outdoor settings (b).

I hope that in the near future the results will be presented on the use of the Myoshirt, which will help in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord lesions at a higher level of lesion. It was so amazing to see how modern developments in the field of engineering are being introduced into the therapy of patients. The presentation of the development on patients showed how compact and user-friendly these technologies are becoming. The results of use the Muosuit look promising for the rehabilitation of patients. Further implementation of these technologies in clinical practice can change the lives of patients, their daily routine.

  1. Xiloyannis, Michele & Haufe, Florian & Duarte, Jaime & Schmidt, Kai & Wolf, Peter & Riener, Robert. (2022). Physical Therapy and Outdoor Assistance with the Myosuit: Preliminary Results. 10.1007/978-3-030-69547-7_42.

  2. Haufe, Florian & Wolf, Peter & Duarte, Jaime & Riener, Robert & Xiloyannis, Michele. (2020). Increasing exercise intensity during outside walking training with a wearable robot. 390-395. 10.1109/BioRob49111.2020.9224408.

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