Gait restoration by functional electrical stimulation

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Abstract

For over 40 years, research labs have been developing gait assist systems that use electrical stimulation of muscle to restore function to limbs paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injury. The concept of functional electrical stimulation (FES) is simple, but realization is challenging. While there are some similarities between FES-aided gait and a bipedal robot walking machine, there are also significant differences in actuators (muscles versus motors), sensors, and control strategy. Hybrid approaches that combine FES with a mechanical orthosis show promise for overcoming some of the limitations of FES-aided gait.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2005
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Pages19-26
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)3540264132, 9783540264132
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2005 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 13 2005Sep 15 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2005

Other

Other8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/13/059/15/05

Keywords

  • FES
  • Walking
  • electrical stimulation
  • spinal cord injury

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