The effect of robotic rehabilitation on posture and trunk control in non-ambulatory cerebral palsy

Abidin N., Ünlü Akyüz E., Cankurtaran D., Karaahmet Ö. Z. , Tezel N.

Assistive Technology, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10400435.2022.2059592
  • Title of Journal : Assistive Technology
  • Keywords: cerebral palsy, posture, robotic rehabilitation, trunk control


© 2022 RESNA.The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a combined robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) with standard physiotherapy (PT) on trunk control and posture in non-ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP). This nonrandomized, controlled study included 31 CP assigned into two groups. Study Group: RAGT (three times a week, 30 min/session, for 6 weeks) + PT. Control group: PT only. The patients were evaluated using gross motor function measure (GMFM)-88 (Section B, Sitting) and Trunk Impairment Scale (TIS), pre-treatment and 3rd month post-treatment. In the RAGT group, significant improvements were observed in the GMFM-B and TIS scores at the 3rd month post-treatment (p < 0.05). Comparison of the changes in GMFM-B and TIS scores from end to beginning of the study, the change in TIS static are significantly higher in the RAGT group than control group (p < 0.05). Addition of RAGT to standard physiotherapy seems to improve trunk control, sitting balance, and posture in non-ambulatory CP.