Robotic Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury Individual Mohammad Taghi Karimi Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2013; 15(1):1-7 ICID: 1032792
Article type: Review article
IC™ Value: 2.40
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Various types of systems have been used for rehabilitation of spinal cord injury (SCI) individuals, including mechanical orthoses, functional electrical stimulation (FES), hybrid systems and robotic devices. Although the use of robotic systems for rehabilitation of SCI subjects is increasing, there is not enough evidence to determine the positive and side effects of this system. Therefore, the aim of this review article is to find some evidence to support the effect of use of this system on the performance of the subjects. Another objective was to find the difference between the performance of paraplegic subjects while walking with robotic devices. An electronic search was done based on PubMed, Embase, Ebsco, and ISI Web of Knowledge to extract relevant data from 1970 to 2012. The quality of the research studies was evaluated with the Black and Down tool.Although 250 papers were found based on the selected key words, 10 papers were ultimately selected for final analysis. There were only two clinical trials conducted in this area. Some improvements in body function and activities were reported following the use of a robotic device.It is not clear whether using a robotic device improves the performance of subjects. It is difficult to have a clear conclusion due to sample size and methodological flaws. Therefore, further research is recommended to determine whether compliant robotic devices improve the goals of rehabilitation.