Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2013; 17 (19): 2690-2692

A new Walker with upper trunk suspension system for severely disabled patients

C. Scoppetta, M. Scoppetta

Department of Human Physiology and Pharmacology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

We have recently designed a new type of walker for those severely disabled patients who cannot walk with commonly used medical walkers. A drawing and the description of this new walker is reported in order to permit the worldwide companies as well as artisans to develop and produce it for the people affected from severe motor problems.

This walker supposes the patient wearing either a modified climbing harness or equipped clothes and being suspended to the walking frame. It consists in two series of bands suspending the patient from the frame; the upper one suspends him for the upper part of his trunk, the lower one by his pelvis.

This walker is suggested for patients belonging to three principal groups: (1) Persons who have no trunk control (e.g.: patients affected by severe stroke or ataxias). (2) Persons whose walk is allowed only if they achieve a significant reduction (up to 30-40%) of the their body weight charging on trunk, spine, and lower limbs. (3) Persons who need a differentiated reduction of the body weight either among anterior and posterior side or among their right and left part of the body (hemiparesis, Parkinson disease, scoliosis, kyphosis).

Creating this walker is easy; producing costs are low; there are no maintenance costs.

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C. Scoppetta, M. Scoppetta
A new Walker with upper trunk suspension system for severely disabled patients

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2013
Vol. 17 - N. 19
Pages: 2690-2692