New Hands-Free Frame to help stroke patients move

by Medindia Content Team on  December 31, 2005 at 7:00 PM General Health News
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New Hands-Free Frame to help stroke patients move
British Researchers are developing a hands-free frame, which may help stroke patients to walk and move around without assistance .

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in England with around 300,000 people living with moderate to severe disabilities.

Existing frames require the person to hold them and lift them as they move. But many stroke patients cannot use these, and often need two people to support them as they move.

The new frame initially developed by Professor John Patrick's team at the Orthotic Research and Locomotor Assessment Unit at Oswestry Hospital consists of a harness, which supports the person's torso and has wheels at its rear, reported the online edition of BBC News.

It supports people from behind and is

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