Robotic Pelvis Manipulation Improves Dynamic Balance and Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Horseback riding (hippotherapy) has been shown to improve balance in children with CP. However, this beneficial therapy is not available for a majority of patients because of limited access to horses, weather conditions, and the relatively high cost due to the need for multiple professional staff during a hippotherapy session. As a result, there is a need to develop a novel robotic system to make this type of therapy more widely available for children with CP. We propose to test whether providing controlled 3D movement (similar to that of a horse) astride a cable-driven robotic system will improve dynamic balance and walking function in children with CP.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ming Wu, PhD from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.