Musculo-skeletal Modeling and Analysis for Low-Cost Active Orthosis Customization and SCI Patient Adaptation
This paper describes the role played by skeletal and musculo-skeletal modeling and analysis in: (i) the customization of low-cost active knee-ankle-foot orthoses aimed at assisting the gait of spinal-cord-injured subjects possessing some level of hip actuation; (ii) the adaptation process of the patients to the devices. It is shown that personalized multibody-based human models and related methods and techniques are very helpful for motor-gearbox selection and swing motion definition, for monitoring progress during the training sessions, for evaluating the final outcome provided by the assistive devices, and for anticipating their long-term impact on the patient’s health.
KeywordsExoskeleton Spinal-cord injury Human modeling and simulation
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Research involving human participants: This study was approved by the institutional ethical committee.
All participants in the experiments gave their informed consent.
This work was funded by the Spanish MINECO under project DPI2015-65959-C3-1-R, cofinanced by the EU through the EFRD program, and by the Galician Government under grant ED431B2016/031.
Conflict of Interest
The authors have no conflict of interest.
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