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Abstract

Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in adults, often resulting in an impaired gait or inability to walk altogether. One method of restoring a natural gait is by increasing a client’s range of motion using an assistive device. Due to the limited availability of gait rehabilitation specific devices in the clinic setting, we proposed a design for a new range of motion rehabilitation device (sliderboard). Unlike current devices being used for clinical therapy, such as furniture movers and the ProFitter board, the sliderboard allows for anterior/posterior, lateral/medial motion, and circular motions in a controlled and constrained manner. Preliminary EMG testing showed that the sliderboard was activating the correct muscle groups during use. The devices were used in a clinical setting for several weeks and received positive feedback from both the clients and the physical therapist himself.

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