Robotic Trunk Support Trainer Improves Upper Body Control of Children with Cerebral Palsy – Columbia Engineering

Trunk Support Trainer (TruST).

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability—2.0-3.5 per 1000 births—and children born with it have impaired development and diminished control of movement and posture. In particular, children with moderate to severe bilateral CP have poor upper extremity abilities and segmental trunk control deficits, limiting independent functional sitting. Many children with CP need wheelchairs to travel long distances, and some need wheelchairs in most settings. A treatment designed to improve their sitting control abilities would greatly improve their ability to function independently, live an active physical life, and participate in social activities.

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