Stroke rehabilitation with hybrid assistive limb robot suit
The Hybrid assistive limb suit was developed to support patients with muscle weakness and allow them to gain independent mobility. However, it is proposed that it may be used in rehabilitation after a stroke, especially in the crucial acute phase.
Feasibility was proven, as a number of patients showed improved walking and torso posture. Most of the participants were able to stand with use of the device. However, in a number of cases the device showed limitations, for example; patients with lumbar spondylosis were not able to wear the equipment.
A number of patients demonstrated dizziness in standing and this should be carefully monitored. Should an episode occur, use of elastic stocking on the paralytic side, or a few days of rest between sessions was found to be sufficient to continue with rehabilitation. The authors conclude that use of this bionic suit is viable and safe for acute rehabilitation of stroke victims.