Robotic device developed by Columbia University ‘improves balance and gait’ in Parkinson’s disease patients

Columbia engineers find that a single session of perturbation-based training, using their Tethered Pelvic Assist Device, increased stability of patients during walking while exposed to unexpected perturbations

Some 50,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year.

The American Institute of Neurology estimates there are 1 million people affected with this neurodegenerative disorder, with 60 years as average age of onset.

Falls and fall-related injuries are a major issue for people with Parkinson’s up to 70 percent of advanced PD patients fall at least once a year and two-thirds suffer recurring falls.  Continue reading Robotic device developed by Columbia University ‘improves balance and gait’ in Parkinson’s disease patients