Journal article

The influence of the reciprocal cable linkage in the advanced reciprocating gait orthosis on paraplegic gait performance

MJ Ijzerman, G Baardman, HJ Hermens, PH Veltink, HBK Boom, G Zilvold

PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS INTERNATIONAL | INT SOC PROSTHET ORTHOTICS | Published : 1997

Abstract

A wide variety of mechanical orthoses is available to provide ambulation to paraplegic patients. Evaluation of energy cost during walking in each of these devices has been acknowledged as an important topic in this field of research. In order to investigate the benefits of a ballistic swing on gait performance in the Advanced Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (ARGO) a study was conducted in which the ARGO was compared with an orthosis with freely swinging legs. This Non Reciprocally linked Orthosis (NRO) was obtained by removing the reciprocal linkage in the subjects' own ARGOs. Subsequently, flexion/extension limits were mounted to permit adjustment of stride length. Six male paraplegic subjects ..

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