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Osakidetza presents a pioneering robot that helps patients walk

Mairenis Gomez

June 18, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Osakidetza has introduced an innovative robot at the Gorliz Hospital, designed to help patients with neurological injuries regain the ability to walk

At the Gorliz Hospital, they have given a big step in rehabilitation of patients with neurological injuries. They have introduced the Lokomat, a next-generation robot designed to help people regain the ability to walk. This device acts as an exoskeleton, guiding and supporting body movement to facilitate rehabilitation of those who have suffered a stroke or other neurological damage.

A push to walk again

The Lokomat has become an essential tool in the rehabilitation process. The system allows patients to perform a large number of repetitions of physiological gait patterns, essential for retraining the nervous system. This advance is possible thanks to the combination of a robotic orthosis, a body weight unloading system, a treadmill and a virtual reality screen. With this technology, patients can train more effectively and longer.

According to Carmen Rodríguez, managing director of the Gorliz Hospital, "Patients who have lost mobility due to neurological damage can regain the ability to walk, at least partially, through repetitive training." This innovative approach to rehabilitation is changing lives, allowing patients to take significant steps toward recovery.

Recovery of mobility in neurological patients

In addition, Gorliz Hospital has established itself as a reference center in neurological rehabilitation thanks to its advanced technology and its team of experienced professionals. The investment of 630.000 euros in this equipment demonstrates the commitment to improving the quality of life of patients. This robot not only benefits those who have suffered a stroke, but also those with other severe or moderate neurological disorders.

Stroke, a critical event that disrupts blood flow to the brain, is a leading cause of physical disability in adults. More than 30% of stroke survivors have some degree of disability and require rehabilitative treatment. The implementation of advanced technologies such as Lokomat is crucial to address this reality and offer a better quality of life to affected patients.

Impact of stroke on the population and the need for innovative solutions

Stroke represents a significant public health challenge. It is the first cause of mortality in women and the second in the general population in Bizkaia, with approximately 1.400 deaths annually. According to the World Health Organization, it is also the leading cause of physical disability in adults and the second leading cause of dementia. With increasing incidence, a 34% increase in strokes in Europe is estimated between 2015 and 2035.

The Gorliz hospital incorporates a device that benefits the rehabilitation of patients

Lokomat: an innovative advance in the rehabilitation of the Gorliz Hospital

At Gorliz Hospital, the implementation of the Lokomat is an innovative response to this challenge. This next-generation robot offers a second chance to those who have suffered a stroke, allowing effective gait training and significantly improving patient mobility. This progress in rehabilitation represents renewed hope for those affected and their families.

Without a doubt, with each step that patients take with the help of the Lokomat, a door opens towards a more independent and higher quality life. The commitment of the Gorliz Hospital to innovation and excellence in neurological rehabilitation is a beacon of hope for the entire community of Bizkaia.

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