Simple walking assist makes a big difference for stroke victims

A simple custom-fitted device powered by a spring-and-cable system that includes no motors or batteries is enabling stroke patients to walk naturally again. The Kickstart Walking System addresses a particular but common problem among stroke patients who end up with much weaker hip flexor muscles even as they otherwise recover. "Getting people up and working is the key. So giving patients the support they need to do that is important because research has shown very clearly that you can experience recovery after a stroke," said Pamela W. Duncan, a stroke researcher and professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

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