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Robotic Assisted Therapy and Advanced Technology

The team of physical therapy and rehabilitation experts at Indiana University Health offers robotic-assisted therapy and advanced technologies to augment and support traditional rehabilitation in neurologically compromised patients of all ages. Robotic-assisted therapy involves the use of a robot to create consistent and repetitious movement patterns in patients to promote motor learning and optimal recovery.

Robotic-assisted therapy at IU Health is unique in the state of Indiana, and one of the few places in the Midwest to offer this advanced treatment technique. IU Health is home to five distinct robotic devices and other advanced technology options that our rehabilitation team utilizes to enhance patient training.

Patients referred to IU Health for Physical or Occupational therapy services can expect a thorough evaluation, including the potential inclusion of robotics or advanced technology into their plan of care. Our staff will determine if inclusion of these technologies is appropriate for you. From children as young as four years of age to older adults, robotic-assisted therapies can provide a necessary level of intensity and training.

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Robotic Assisted Therapy and Advanced Technology Treatment Information

Hocoma® Lokomat. The Hocoma Lokomat is an exoskeleton robot that assists patients in performing a normal walking pattern while supported over a treadmill.  Therapists operating the Lokomat are able to precisely control the speed of walking during training, the amount of weight that a patient must support, and the level of assistance provided by the robot.  A virtual reality system integrates with the robot to provide additional training opportunities and motivational support.

Reha G-EO.  The G-EO is an end-effector robot that simulates normal walking or stair climbing patterns for patients suffering from a neurological injury.  Therapists are able to control body-weight support, speed and robotic-assistance so that training is customized to each patients' needs.  Additionally, functional electric stimulation can be applied to the patient and phased with the walking cycle to assist with muscle initiation during walking or stair climbing.

InMotion Technologies® Shoulder-Elbow Robot. The Shoulder-Elbow Robot provides patients an opportunity to practice improving coordination of shoulder-elbow movements with large amounts of repetition.  Occupational therapists and physical therapists work to customize robotic treatment using the shoulder-elbow robot that can involve over 1,000 repetitions in a single treatment session.

InMotion Technologies® Wrist Robot. Occupational therapists and physical therapists using the Wrist Robot in their patient treatment strive to increase patients’ ability to control motor control of the wrist and hand by introducing high amounts of repetition in a controlled and supportive environment.

Hocoma® Armeo Spring. The Armeo Spring Robot is a device that allows patients to practice real-world tasks in a virtual reality environment while the robot reduces the demands of gravity. The problem-solving tasks required by the Armeo aid in recovery from neurological impairments while occupational therapists and physical therapists are able to control the amount of assistance provided by the machine itself.

InMotion Technologies® Anklebot. The Anklebot is a device that allows for training and fine-tuning of the intrinsic ankle and foot control that is necessary for standing and walking.  Patients working with their therapists and the anklebot perform game-like activities while controlling the environment on a computer screen with their foot movements. The anklebot can be used to compliment other forms of walking training as appropriate.

Aretech® Zero-G Dynamic Unloading System. The Zero-G allows patients to practice walking, stair climbing or transitioning to standing in an un-weighted environment. With the patient in a harness, the trolley un-weights the patient and responds in real time to how the patient moves. This freedom allows our physical therapists to be both creative and challenging as they work with you to regain motor control in various activities.

Protokinetics Zeno Walkway. The Zeno Walkway is a device that is used by therapists during evaluation and assessment that allows objective data and observation about a patients ambulation (walking) or balance to be included in each patient’s report and plan of care.  The Zeno Walkway, a mat that patients walk over while information is relayed to a computer, allows our therapists to customize each patient’s plan of care and design the most optimal treatment sessions.

Bioness L300. The Bioness L300 is a functional electrical stimulation orthotic that is designed to help patients improve foot drop while walking. Physical therapists place a cuff of electrodes on the patient’s lower leg, which turn on, and increase muscle activity, when told to do so by a switch in the patient’s shoe. The Bioness L300 is a device that can be purchased for home use by patients through the vendor by working with your insurance company or paying out of pocket.  Our therapists will assess each patient’s response to the L300 and help to decide if personal purchase is a good option. 

Tyromotion Pablo System. The Pablo System allows Occupational and Physical Therapists the ability to accurately train and assess specific upper extremity movements in patients who have a neurological injury or disease. The Pablo System is similar to popular video games, such as the Ninetendo Wii, but was designed specifically for rehabilitation. Using the Pablo System, therapists are able to capture accurate ROM and strength measurements, and design interventions that target specific impairments in patients.

Tyromotion Tymo System. The Tymo system is a computerized balance board that offers patients an opportunity to re-train their balance with the assistance of computerized games and activities. Physical Therapists are able to capture objective data of patients’ progress when using the Tymo, allowing them to design treatment plans that address specific impairments that are decreasing a patient’s balance.

Robotic Assisted Therapy and Advanced Technology Rehabilitation Locations

IU Health Neuroscience Center – Neurorehabilitation and Robotics
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 1800 Room 1078
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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