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Cyber PT


Title Cyberphysical Therapy for Enhanced Neuromotor Recovery in Stroke Survivor
Therapeutic Area Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation
Principal Investigator Lester Y. Leung
Min Age 18 Years
Gender All
Contact Sarah Gans
617-636-7606

Overview

The proposed research aims to combine the advantages of human and robotic post-stroke gait rehabilitation in a new approach called cyberphysical therapy (CBT). This paradigm allows therapists to remain actively involved in gait training while removing barriers limiting the effectiveness of traditional human-provided therapy: high effort and poor real-time feedback. In this innovative approach a therapist interacts with patients through coupled robotic arms that act as an extension of the therapist’s arm; this rehabilitative collaboration can take place either face-to-face or remotely by teleoperation. The central hypothesis is that combining the advantages of human and robotic gait rehabilitation approaches in CBT will significantly improve patient learning outcomes compared to traditional therapist-only and automated robotic gait training.

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • Prior history of Acute Ischemic Stroke or Intracerebral Hemorrhage
    • Index stroke over 90 days
  • Hemiparesis affecting the leg
  • Able to walk on a treadmill without another person assisting

Exclusion Criteria

  • Recent symptoms (within 7 days) of chest pain, thought to be related to coronary artery disease 

Study Requirements

This study involves coming in for six physical therapy sessions with the robotic arm. Each session lasts about one hour and will require various physical therapy tasks to be performed, centered around walking on a treadmill.