A walker capable of providing vertical lift support can improve independence and increase mobility of individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Using a novel lifting mechanism, a walker has been designed to provide sit-to-stand assistance to individuals with partially paralyzed lower extremity muscles. The design was verified through experiments with one individual with SCI. The results show the walker is capable of reducing the force demands on the upper and lower extremity muscles during sit-to-stand transition compared to standard walkers. The walker does not require electrical power and no grip force or harness is necessary during sit-to-stand operation, enabling its use by individuals with limited hand function. The design concept can be extended to aid other populations with lower extremity weakness.
Design and Experimental Evaluation of a Vertical Lift Walker for Sit-to-Stand Transition Assistance
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Bulea, T. C., and Triolo, R. J. (March 13, 2012). "Design and Experimental Evaluation of a Vertical Lift Walker for Sit-to-Stand Transition Assistance." ASME. J. Med. Devices. March 2012; 6(1): 014504. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4005786
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