By: David Huizenga, Lauren Rashford, Brianne Darcy, Elizabeth Lundin, Ryan
Medas, S. Tyler Shultz, Elizabeth DuBose & Kyle B. Reed
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States. It is estimated that each year, more than 795,000 people have a stroke, and more than 137,000 people die from stroke. Stroke can cause a variety of impairments, including hemiparesis, which is weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. Hemiparesis can make it difficult or impossible to walk, and can lead to a loss of independence and quality of life.
Gait rehabilitation is an important part of stroke recovery. It can help to improve walking speed, balance, and coordination. However, traditional gait rehabilitation is often time-consuming and expensive. It can also be difficult for stroke survivors to travel to and from rehabilitation appointments. Home-based gait rehabilitation is a promising alternative to traditional rehabilitation. It can be more convenient and affordable for stroke survivors. It can also be more effective, as it allows stroke survivors to practice walking in their own environment.
A wearable gait device is a type of home-based gait rehabilitation device. It is a lightweight, portable device that helps stroke survivors to walk. The device is worn on the lower body, and it provides support and assistance with walking. Wearable gait devices have been shown to be effective in improving walking speed, balance, and coordination in stroke survivors. They are also safe and easy to use.
Here are some of the benefits of using a wearable gait device for stroke gait rehabilitation:
- Convenience: Wearable gait devices can be used in the comfort of your own home. This can be a major advantage for stroke survivors who have difficulty traveling to and from rehabilitation appointments.
- Affordability: Wearable gait devices are often more affordable than traditional rehabilitation. This can be a major advantage for stroke survivors who have limited financial resources.
- Effectiveness: Wearable gait devices have been shown to be effective in improving walking speed, balance, and coordination in stroke survivors.
- Safety: Wearable gait devices are safe and easy to use. They are designed to provide support and assistance with walking, without putting undue strain on the body.
If you are a stroke survivor who is interested in learning more about wearable gait devices, talk to your doctor. They can help you to determine whether a wearable gait device is right for you and can provide you with more information about the benefits and risks of using this type of device.
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