Development of the RT-GAIT, a Real-Time feedback device to improve Gait of individuals with stroke.
Published on Aug 1, 2015 in EMBC (International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
· DOI :10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319692
Regaining the ability to walk is a major rehabilitation goal after a stroke. Recent research suggests that, in people with stroke, task-oriented and intensive rehabilitation strategies can drive cortical reorganization and increase activity levels. This paper describes development and pilot testing of a novel wearable device for Real-Time Gait and Activity Improving Telerehabilitation (RT-GAIT), designed for use with such rehabilitation strategies. The RT-GAIT provides auditory or tactile feedback to the individual wearing the platform. The feedback is based on the amount of time spent in stance phase on each foot, as measured by the pressure sensors embedded into the insoles. The system was initially bench-validated using sensor signals collected in a previous study. Next, a clinical case study was conducted with one post-stroke individual. The results of the case study suggest that the RT-GAIT device can potentially improve the gait parameters. Mean difference in stance times between the healthy limb and paretic limb was improved by 48% and the standard deviation for the same was improved by 87.5%, between baseline measurements and the measurements taken after the treatment with the RT-GAIT.