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Ekso Bionics' robotic exoskeletons wave goodbye to wheelchairs


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A new exercise therapy using robotic exoskeletons improved cognition and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis.

They may, in the future, replace wheelchairs and scooters to create an upright mobility device.

Study involved 10 MS patients with significant disability trialing a Ekso GT model.

Participants using robotic exoskeleton-assisted exercise rehabilitation outperformed those relying on traditional gait training.

MRI showed enhanced activity in areas of the brain responsible for walking and cognition, as well as brain connectivity outcomes.

“It only took four weeks for us to see measurable changes," - Brian M. Sandroff, lead investigator.

For now, it is likely to only be specialist rehabilitation centers and physiotherapy practices.

"...creating an entirely new type of mobility system that feels like a natural part of ambulation could potentially be accomplished,” - Ghaith Androwis, co-principal investigator.

Study by Kessler Foundation published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Exercise rehab using exoskeletons improved walking & cognition in multiple sclerosis patients

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Brian M. Sandroff

Senior Research Scientist at Kessler Foundation

Ekso Bionics

Company that develops wearable exoskeletons for military, civilian and medical uses

Ghaith Androwis

Research Scientist in the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation

Nonprofit organization supporting researches in the field of disability

Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders

International journal publishing researches on multiple sclerosis and associated CNS disorders