Spinal cord injuries often affect leg mobility where recovery requires rather painful and awkward physiotherapy. A device that reduces the discomfort and promotes confidence during rehabilitation is most valuable considering the magnitude of such a trauma. The apparatus suspends the patient in a harness used by mountain climbers in order to provide a comfortable pre-load to the feet and legs. The patient's arms are used to stabilize any reactions caused by foot forces incident to the floor with adjustable arm rests The foot contact forces are controlled electrically by elevating the patient via the harness. The foot contact forces are measured and stored in the readout panel thus providing a therapy management tool in the time domain.
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Name: Edward Melcarek
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Inventor, Comsol, Maple / MapleSim
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