Exoskeletons will improve the mobility of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exoskeletons, Cerebral Palsy

Children’s cerebral palsy is a chronic non-progressive motor impairment, usually resulting from lesions or anomalies in the development of the brain in the perinatal period of fetal development.

As a result, cerebral palsy, as a rule, affects the child’s general mental activity and his ability to move.

And such a kid can no longer manage and survive without the help of adults.

Employees of the National Institute of Health have developed and are currently testing an exoskeleton that can make patients with cerebral palsy more independent and mobile.

Many children with cerebral palsy suffer from so-called “crouching gait”, which is characterized by excessive bending of the legs in the knees.

Approximately 50% of these children no longer even try to walk before they reach adulthood.

That’s why the staff of the National Institute of Health decided to develop robotic exoskeletons for children’s legs, which allows patients with cerebral palsy to take steps easier.

According to the first tests, six of the seven children tested showed a noticeable improvement while walking and were able to overcome a decent distance with the exoskeleton on them.

The exoskeleton helps the children’s legs to keep the correct shape and angles of the bend during walking, while it does not take their control of movements from them.

The team of scientists who created the device wants to understand: will their invention eventually improve the children’s ability to move independently without the exoskeleton worn on them.

Today, a lot of teams of engineers around the world work on the creation of convenient exoskeletons.

Someone needs them to simplify the transfer of heavy loads by people, and someone – to make the soldiers more enduring.

But if this way you can help sick children learn to walk again – this will become another remarkable application of this technology.

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