2018 Volume 30 Issue 8 Pages 1009-1013
[Purpose] This study aimed to determine the safety and immediate effect of a single training session with the Hybrid Assistive Limb (CYBERDYNE) on walking ability in patients with cerebral palsy. [Participants and Methods] This study included 20 patients with cerebral palsy (15 males, 5 females, mean age 15.0 ± 6.3 years; 19 with spastic cerebral palsy, 1 with athetoid cerebral palsy; Gross Motor Function Classification System level I: 4, II: 3, III: 9, and IV: 4). Participants completed a single 20-minute gait training session using the Hybrid Assistive Limb. The safety and immediate effect were evaluated. The immediate outcomes were gait speed and mean step length, and cadence before and after training. [Results] Two participants were excluded because they were not tall enough to use the Hybrid Assistive Limb. Eighteen participants performed the training. There were no serious adverse events during the training. Since 14 participants were able to walk on their own, walking evaluations were performed before and after training. Statistically significant improvements were observed in gait speed and mean step length. [Conclusion] Gait training using the Hybrid Assistive Limb is safe for patients with cerebral palsy and can produce immediate effects on walking ability in ambulatory patients with cerebral palsy.