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.