Exploring Robotic-Assisted Locomotor Training in Physical Therapy with Multiple Sclerosis
Conclusions: Based on anecdotal evidence and clinical success with other neurological conditions, we feel that RALT may prove to be a viable addition to a PT protocol for patients with MS. The customizable aspects of RALT therapy, namely controlling body weight support and guidance force, allow patients to experience increased amounts of repetitious walking prior to the onset of fatigue. In time, this training, when paired with other techniques such as strengthening and stretching, may lead to improved long-term outcomes. While the application of RALT in the MS population has thus far proved, if nothing else, equal to traditional PT, further research is needed to evaluate claims of improved outcomes.