A novel instrumented walker for individualized visual cue setting for gait training in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Hsiao Kuan Wu, Huang Ren Chen, Wei Ying Chen, Chia Feng Lu, Mei Wun Tsai, Chung Huang Yu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Patients with Parkinson’s disease suffer from gait disturbances, such as a shuffling and festinating gait, which reduces their quality of life. To circumvent this problem, external visual cues may be applied in gait training to maintain the integrity of motor function. However, conventional training methods, such as transverse lines stuck on the ground, are difficult to adjust and adapt to personalized gait ability. This study proposes a convenient instrumented wheel walker that provides gap adjustable visual cues and selectable projection modes onto the ground with and without motion relative to the user. Ten subjects with Parkinson’s disease were recruited, and the efficacy of the proposed device for their gait training was assessed. We demonstrated the applicability of our device to address personalized demands in gait guidance. With a personalized setting for patients with Parkinson’s disease, a significantly lengthened stride length may be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-213
Number of pages11
JournalAssistive Technology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • gait training
  • Parkinsonian gait
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • visual cue

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