Development of the Handle Grip of a Walker for Hemiplegic Post-Stroke Patients

Authors: Tyler Bray

Advisor: Dr. Harvey Borovetz

Thousands of patients every year must undergo physical therapy to relearn to walk after surviving a stroke. Currently, hemiplegic stroke survivors rely on therapists to watch their movements to identify if the patient is pushing the walker with symmetrical force on both handles. The goal of this device is to remove this burden from the therapist and allow the user to proactively make corrections themselves. A study is currently being developed with the physical therapy unit at Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel to test the clinical efficacy of the device. This project was developed at Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel, n partnership with the University of Pittsburgh.