Volume 29 (2017) Issue 11 Pages 1920-1924
[Purpose] The Robotics Knee Orthosis (RKO) is a knee–ankle–foot orthosis with active robot assisting technology. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of exercise with the RKO (RKO-exercise) in stroke patients with hemiplegia. [Subjects and Methods] Participants were nine stroke patients with hemiplegia, residing in a convalescent rehabilitation ward. The duration of the RKO-exercise program was 10 days. Participants were evaluated three times prior to intervention, once after intervention, and one month post intervention. Each session consisted of standard-of-care physical therapy for 60 minutes and RKO-exercise for 20 minutes. Dependent variables were 10-meter gait speed, cadence, Berg Balance Scale (BBS) score, stride length, the absolute value of left-right symmetry of the step length, and one-leg support period while walking. Data were analyzed using a one-way repeated measures ANOVA. [Results] Stride length, left-right symmetry of the step length, and one-leg support period while walking changed following the RKO exercise program. 10-meter walking speed, cadence, percentage of one-leg support period (affected side), and BBS changed significantly at one month post treatment time points. [Conclusion] It is expected that RKO-exercise helps recovery process after the stroke. RKO-exercise effectively treats impaired mobility in patient status-post stroke.