Stroke is the leading cause of chronic physical disability in the developed world and can severely degrade walking function, leading to enormous negative ramifications on patients' participation in social, occupational, and recreational activities.

During the acute and subacute stages of stroke, rehabilitation starts with manual manipulation of the limbs [1] as patients are still weak from the onset of stroke and are unable to utilize existing rehabilitation devices as they may not be able to endure certain constrained positions without vastly affecting their vitals [2]. Initial attempts at rehabilitation also require close supervision and heavy assistance from the physiotherapists. As a result, many acute stroke patients often lie in bed idly and do not receive the early rehabilitation they need, even though it has been proven through concepts of neuroplasticity that one should start rehabilitation as early as the acute phase...

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