The Andago is the world’s first free-moving mobile gait robotic device developed by Hocoma, which has been combined with a body weight support system. The Andago provides intensive, efficient and versatile gait therapy, and bridges the gap between treadmill-based gait analysis and the patient’s ability to walk freely and unaided. The mobile robotic technology senses the patient’s movement and actively follows them, while also providing dynamic and safe body weight support.
Gait, balance and stability therapy
The Andago is suitable for patients requiring rehabilitation for any condition affecting their movement, and for fall prevention. This includes:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Endoprosthesis (e.g., joint replacements)
- Degenerative joint diseases of the lower limbs (e.g. knee osteoarthritis)
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- Muscle weakness due to lack of mobility
- Cardiac conditions if permitted by treating physician
Rehabilitation after COVID-19
Hocoma has recently shared an interesting case study of a patient using the Andago to retrain walking after pneumonia in Changi General Hospital, Singapore. This patient was recently hospitalised, needing ventilator support and ICU care. Following release to the general ward, the patient was unable to ambulate further than 3m, even with physical support, and she had a dependency on oxygen. And here is where the Andago came in.
Especially in these challenging times where an increasing number of patients are recovering from COVID-19, this article can be really helpful for all clinicians out there looking to harness the technology they already use to support new COVID-19 patients.
Empowering patients and therapists
The Andago removes the restraints of traditional gait therapy, which means that therapists aren’t exposed to physical strain. Clinicians can focus on delivering high-quality rehabilitation rather than the security and stability of their patient.
Using the Andago‘s flexible body weight support system allows your patient to move without the fear of falling, becoming unstable, or getting injured. The Andago will allow them to move freely, hands-free and upright, within a safe environment. As the therapist, you can take a step back and assess their movement, providing feedback and monitoring their progress throughout gait, balance and stability tasks.
The Andago in your clinic
The Andago will integrate seamlessly within your available space:
- Shorter than a standard door frame.
- Includes a patient lift for transfer to and from a wheelchair.
- Has optional attachable handrails.
- Includes collision detectors.
- Can be set to a straight-line mode, controlled by the therapist, or follow the patient as they freely walk around.
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