Robotic Therapy for Stroke and other Neurological Conditions
Robotic devices are an innovative way to provide exercise therapy for individuals with partial paralysis due to stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. Columbia University is a leading center in developing new robotic devices and testing their benefits. We have a team of engineers, physicians, physical and occupational therapists working together with patients to find the most effective robotic treatments for functional recovery.
Our research efforts continue to move forward, but we recognize that many individuals who are excellent candidates for this treatment may be unable to participate in clinical research studies for a variety of reasons. To expand the availability of this treatment, we are now offering robotic therapy outside of research studies for appropriate individuals.
While our research program includes both upper-limb and lower-limb robotic devices, please note that the robotic therapy offered through the center is currently limited to the upper limb.
The center offers several upper limb robotic devices at present: the InMotion Arm (Bionik Labs), InMotion Wrist (Bionik Labs), ArmeoSpring (Hocoma, Inc.), and the Amadeo Hand Robot System (Tyromotion, Inc.). The InMotion Arm is a robot assisted device to exercise yoru shoulder and elbow while the InMotion Wrist is a robot assisted device to exercise your forearm and wrist. The Armeo Spring provides arm weight support while performing specific games for the shoulder/elbow/hand while the Amadeo is used to treat impairments of the hand. Depending on the results of your evaluation, the therapist will determine which device(s) is best for you and your recovery.