Exoskeleton-assisted gait training in people with multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • A small pilot study of exoskeleton-assisted gait training in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and severe disability showed significant but short-lived improvements in muscle strength and walking speed as compared to home physiotherapy.

Why this matters

  • In people with MS and moderate to severe disability, gait is affected by poor stability and coordination, decreased speed and step length, and impaired symmetry and efficiency.

  • Motor rehabilitation in people with MS is primarily focused at improving and maintaining gait. Robot-assisted gait training has been investigated as a means of improving gait in people with MS; however, studies have reported mixed results and the impact of robot-assisted gait training remains unclear.