Medici measure Dutchman an exoskeleton for support when walking

Dec

5

2015

The Sint Maartens Clinic in Nijmegen is conducting a trial to let people through an exoskeleton walk again. As part of this, a patient with a spinal cord injury received the suit and he can now walk around with it in the near future.

To the patient, who is named Ruben de Sain, the exoskeleton trained to measure is months, if the NIS has had record among medical professionals of the Sint Maartens. According to the clinic, it is the first time that there is provided a patient in the Netherlands, of such an exoskeleton. The Sain is provisionally the only person who is provided with the suit, and he may use it for several weeks.

Because Sain has a spinal injury, he can no longer walk unassisted and he is bound to a wheelchair. The exo-skeleton supports the weight of the man and respond to the muscles which are located in the fuselage, which can be measured so that movements have to be carried out. Incidentally, he still needs crutches when walking in order to stay afloat. However, the Sain in response that he is excited about the suit.

There are several companies and institutions working on exoskeletons that help to paralysis. For example, there are, among other models, which can be controlled with the thoughts. Exoskeletons however hardly find their way into clinical practice, because there is still much development is needed.

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