Smart Walker Solutions for Physical Rehabilitation
Dias Pereira, J. M.
; Pedro, LP
; Oliveira, RO
; Postolache, G.
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine Vol. 18, Nº 5, pp. 21 - 30, October, 2015.
ISSN (print): 1094-6969
ISSN (online): 1094-6969
Journal Impact Factor: 0,738 (in 2009)
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In the last decade, the clinical reasoning in physical therapy
has been to develop systems for physiotherapists to
make clinical decisions rapidly, effectively and efficiently,
in response to the increasingly complex needs of health and
rehabilitation units. Some studies show the importance
of walking aids during rehabilitation from some diseases, and
after surgery for arthroplasty in the elderly population,
and in elderly patients with balance disorders, muscle weakness
or in people with diabetes mellitus . Walkers are
important devices that aid the rehabilitation process. The use
of a walker is recommended for gait changes and imbalance
due to various factors, such as surgery of the lower limbs or
neurodegenerative changes, especially in the early recovery