PedBotLab: A Novel Video Game-Based Robotic Ankle Platform Created for Therapeutic Exercise for Children With Neurological Impairments

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Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics




Adaptive gaming; Pro00007337; cerebral palsy; constraint-induced movement therapy; pediatrics; rehabilitative robotics


AIMS: Assess the potential benefits of using PedBotLab, a clinic based robotic ankle platform with integrated video game software, to improve ankle active and passive range of motion, strength, selective motor control, gait efficiency, and balance. METHODS: Ten participants with static neurological injuries and independent ambulation participated in a 10-week pilot study (Pro00013680) to assess feasibility and efficacy of PedBotLab as a therapeutic device twice weekly. Isometric ankle strength, passive and active ankle range of motion, plantarflexor spasticity, selective motor control of the lower extremity, balance, and gait speed were measured pre- and post-trial. RESULTS: Statistically significant improvements were seen in flexibility, active range of motion, and strength in multiple planes of ankle motion. Ankle dorsiflexion with knee flexion and knee extension demonstrated statistically significant results in all outcome measures. No significant changes were observed in gait speed outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: The use of PedbotLab can lead to improvements in ankle strength, flexibility, and active range of motion for children with static neurological injuries. Future studies aim to evaluate the effect on gait quality and work toward developing a home-based device.