Walking after Stroke


Nathan Makowski, PhD
Ronald Triolo, PhD
Patrick Crago, PhD
John Chae, MD
Richard Wilson, MD

Research at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute Illustration of implanted systemDifficulty walking is common after stroke as a result of limited leg movement.  This research program develops and tests technologies to increase independence through improved walking ability after stroke.

One approach is an implanted neuroprosthetic system, which is a permanent assistive technology designed to generate functional walking movements by activating leg muscles in a coordinated manner. 

The other intervention is a hybrid exoskeleton combining surface electrical stimulation and a motorized knee for use as a therapeutic tool and to assist walking during daily life. 

Research at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute hybrid exoskeleton prototype                                    

For more information about research studies involving Walking after Stroke, please contact:

Lisa LombardoLisa Lombardo, MPT
Phone: 216-791-3800 ext. 64909
Email: [email protected]