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Robotic device is useful in balance training for Parkinson's patients

Dr. Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engeering and rehabilitation and regenerative medicine, and Dr. Dario Martelli, a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Agrawal's lab have used their TPAD (Tethered Pelvic Assist Device) robotic system to study the ability of patients with Parkinson's disease to react to pertubations when walking. 

The study showed patients can improve their balance with session on the TPAD device, which is important for patients with Parkinson's who are at high risk for falls and fall-related injuries. 

 

To read the full article on Columbia Engineering's homepage, click here.

To read the results of the study, published in Scientific Reports, click here.

 

The Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) was created in the ROAR lab at Columbia University.