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Celebrating World Acquired Brain Injury Day at Movex Clinics and GOGOA


🧠🦿 Yesterday marked World Acquired Brain Injury Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about the challenges faced by individuals with acquired brain injuries. In honor of this important day, we would like to share an exciting study that highlights a significant advancement in stroke rehabilitation, particularly in improving the quality of walking.

🚶‍♂️ Enhancing Gait Quality with Exoskeletons in Stroke Rehabilitation

The recovery of a symmetric and efficient walking is one of the key goals of a rehabilitation program in patients with stroke. An innovative approach involving the use of exoskeletons alongside conventional gait training has shown promising results. This method fosters rhythmic muscle activation in the gait cycle toward a more efficient gait.

🏥 The Contribution of Movex Clinics

This breakthrough has been achieved in collaboration with Movex Clinics, the neurorehabilitation clinics of GOGOA, which have been at the forefront of caring for patients with acquired brain injuries, providing high-quality care and exploring innovative solutions.

📊 The Study

In a recent scientific study, about twenty-nine subacute stroke patients participated in either conventional gait training or an experimental training regimen, which included overground gait training using a wearable powered exoskeleton alongside conventional therapy.

📈 Key Findings

Before and after the rehabilitation, two critical aspects were evaluated:

(i) Gait Functionality: Both groups improved their ability to walk in terms of functional gait, as detected by clinical assessments and the Capacity Score.

(ii) Neuromuscular Patterns: The group treated with the robotic exoskeleton demonstrated a controlled rhythmic neuromuscular pattern in the proximal lower limb muscles, indicating significant improvement in muscle activation.

🧠 Cortical vs. Spinal Control

The analysis of the data suggested that the improvement in the control group (CG) was mainly mediated by spinal cord control, while the experimental group's improvements were attributed to cortical-driven control. This highlights the potential of exoskeletons to facilitate higher-level neural control in stroke rehabilitation.

💡 Practical Benefits of Exoskeletons

Exoskeletons can be used in the early phases of recovery, providing intensive and highly customizable rehabilitation sessions. This approach not only reduces the therapist's workload but also allows them to focus on training cues and feedback to enhance gait quality.

🔍 Future Perspectives

While the study has shown promising results, future research will aim to track the long-term benefits of robotic training post-rehabilitation and investigate the orthotic effects of these devices in terms of muscular activation. These insights could help personalize rehabilitation programs for individual patients.

🌟 This study represents a significant step forward in stroke rehabilitation, offering hope for individuals seeking to regain a more physiological and efficient gait. At GOGOA and Movex Clinics, we are committed to advancing technology for improved healthcare outcomes. Let's continue to raise awareness and support individuals affected by acquired brain injuries. 💪 #WorldABIday #StrokeRehabilitation #Exoskeletons #HealthcareInnovation

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