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Development of a Lower Limb Orthosis to Form Neuromuscular Patterning

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Karla A. Camarillo–Gómez

Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, Celaya, GUA, Mexico

Gerardo I. Pérez-Soto

Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro, QUE, Mexico

Luis A. Torres-Rico

Universidad Politécnica de Juventino Rosas, Juventino Rosas, GUA, Mexico

Paper No. DETC2014-35398, pp. V05AT08A020; 11 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4636-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper, a lower limb orthosis is proposed to form the human gait neuromuscular patterns in patients with myelomeningocele. The orthosis has two lower limbs of 2–DOF each which reduces the motion of the hip and knee to the sagittal plane. The orthosis are assembled in a back support which also supports the patients weight. The control system for the orthosis allows to reproduce in a repetitive, controlled and autonomous way the human gait cycle at different velocities according to the patient requirements; so that, the neuromuscular patterning can be supervised by a therapist. The development of these orthosis seeks to improve the quality of life of those infants with myelomenigocele and to introduce a lower cost Mexican technology with Mexican anthropometric dimensions.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Orthotics



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