Optimal Patient Challenge
The LOKOMAT® SYSTEM assists walking-impaired individuals by automating gait orthosis on a treadmill and is used to improve mobility following stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis as well as other neurological diseases and injuries. Using a body weight support system, the patient’s legs are guided on the treadmill according to a pre-programmed physiological gait pattern. The computer controlled guidance allows individual adjustments of different gait parameters. Hip and knee joint angles are controlled in real time by software to achieve a physiologically meaningful gait pattern. Force transducers at the joints accurately measure the interaction between the patient and the LOKOMAT®.
Each of the four joints is constantly monitored to ensure that they are precisely held to the predefined gait pattern. The drives are precisely synchronized with the speed of the treadmill to assure a precise match between the speed of the gait orthosis and the treadmill. The LOKOMAT® improves the efficiency of treadmill training for over-ground walking while providing intensive, individualized training in a motivational environment of constant feedback.