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 two upper limb robotic devices at present: the Armeo Power (Hocoma, Inc.), and the Amadeo Hand Robot System (Tyromotion, Inc.). The Armeo Power is primarily used for exercising the shoulder, elbow and wrist, while the Amadeo is used to treat impairments of the hand. Depending on your individual needs, you may receive treatment with only one of the devices, or in some cases, with both.