Lokomat: robot-assisted walking therapy

About Lokomat

The Lokomat is a robotic treadmill training system that uses a body weight support system to suspend individuals while their legs are attached to robotic legs that assist with basic walking functions. The Lokomat system allows the therapist to control how fast the patient walks, how much body weight the patient is able to support and how much assistance the robotic legs give the patient through range of motion.

Studies show that locomotion therapy supported by a robotic assisted device on a treadmill is an effective intervention for improving over-ground walking function caused by neurological diseases and injuries.

The customized support and limb guidance provided by the Lokomat allows patients who have a wide variety of walking impairments to use this device both in inpatient and outpatient settings.

It is used to improve mobility in individuals following stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases and injuries.

Lokomat Patient Stories

Sports coach motivated by small gains one year after spinal cord injury

6/26/2018 10:03 AM | Patient Stories

One year after a water accident resulted in a spinal cord injury, Chad Fuller continues to make gains. The coach and former athlete is taking lessons out of his own playbook and applying them as he works hard to achieve goals in Madonna’s outpatient therapy program.

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West Nile virus sends Rapid City woman on long road to recovery

1/16/2018 4:06 PM | Patient Stories

Debra Gibson fought hard for each step she took after West Nile virus weakened her muscles so severely that she couldn't get out of bed or eat regular food on her own.

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‘She still is going strong’ - Graci’s journey

8/11/2017 2:58 PM | Patient Stories

While she’s taken the next step in her recovery journey, 17-year-old Elizabeth “Graci” Garcia isn’t far from our memories. The Tekamah, Nebraska, teen spent four months recovering from a traumatic brain injury at Madonna’s Omaha Campus pediatric unit. 

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With motivation from Madonna staff, Kansas woman exceeds expectations

6/13/2017 2:41 PM | Patient Stories

Motivation is the driving force behind rehabilitation, but where patients find their motivation differs. Brandi Jecha, 25, says one of her biggest motivators was Physical Therapist Kristi Rocole.

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Retired Children’s foundation director fortunate for Madonna after spinal cord injury

6/4/2017 8:49 AM | Patient Stories

Roger Lewis’ retirement plans to travel, spend more time with family and civic duty have been put on temporary hold as he recovers from a spinal cord injury. A tough fight, Roger considers himself lucky, saying he’s “very fortunate in this part of the country to have a facility like Madonna available for those of us who face these kinds of problems and face this kind of challenge to get better.”

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