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Improvement of Walking Ability Using Hybrid Assistive Limb Training in a Patient with Severe Thoracic Myelopathy caused by Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament - A Case Report | Abstract
ISSN: 2165-7939

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Case Report

Improvement of Walking Ability Using Hybrid Assistive Limb Training in a Patient with Severe Thoracic Myelopathy caused by Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament - A Case Report

Shigeki Kubota1,2, Tetsuya Abe2, Kengo Fujii2, Aiki Marushima3, Tomoyuki Ueno4, Ayumu Haginoya4, Ayumu Endo4, Hideki Kadone5, Hiroaki Kawamoto6, Yukiyo Shimizu4, Yasushi Hada4, Akira Matsumura3, Yoshiyuki Sankai6 and Masashi Yamazaki2,5*
1Division of Regenerative Medicine for Musculoskeletal System, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
3Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
4Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Tsukuba Hospital, Ibaraki, Japan
5Center for Innovating Medicine and Engineering (CIME), University of Tsukuba Hospital, Ibaraki, Japan
6Faculty of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
*Corresponding Author : Masashi Yamazaki M.D, PhD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba
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Received February 15, 2016; Accepted February 25, 2016; Published February 27, 2016
Citation: Kubota S, Abe T, Fujii K, Marushima A, Ueno T, et al. (2016) Improvement of Walking Ability Using Hybrid Assistive Limb Training in a Patient with Severe Thoracic Myelopathy caused by Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament - A Case Report. J Spine S7:003.doi:10.4172/2165-7939.S7-003
Copyright: © 2016 Kubota S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to report the improvement of walking ability using Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) training in a case of severe thoracic myelopathy caused by ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). The patient received HAL training 2-3 times per week (10 sessions) beginning on the thirteenth postoperative day. The patient’s walking ability and lower muscles strength were significantly improved. It suggests that HAL training in the early postoperative phase has the potential to be an effective rehabilitation tool to improve functional ambulation in surgically-treated thoracic OPLL patients with inability of walk.

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