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Keeogo Device to Help Mobility in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis and Knee Osteoarthritis

Mobility impairment is the leading cause of disabilities in the adult to senior age group with mobility difficulties. The aim of the Keeogo device is to improve both walking speed and distance of the person that is using it. The device is aimed towards two groups: people with Knee Osteoarthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. The name Keeogo stands for “Keep on going”. Keeogo can fill an important void that is there for many people who have mobility issues. Keeogo was tested with adults who do not have mobility impairment and showed that when they were in motion it was not any different in either test, showing that there is no impact on the way the people have to walk with this device on.

The study itself, has many aims, with many benefits, and few expected adverse events to take place. It will benefit the study of exoskeletons by seeing how the device can stand up in clinical versus a community use of the Keeogo. It will strongly aid in the research of if exoskeleton technology is effective as a mobility aid, as well as a rehabilitation tool that can improve patient’s conditions. During the study there will be five (5) visits to the clinical testing site located at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The overall goal of the study is to see if there is a discernible difference between when the participant has the Keeogo on and when it is not being used. Exoskeletons are being increasingly and offer great advances and have the possibility to improve mobility issues in many ways. Through the testing of the exoskeletons much is hoped to be discovered about their use as a widespread method of attack for those who have impaired mobility.

 

Interested in participating?

You may be eligible if the following are true about you:

  • Adult between the ages of 21 and 80

  • Able to read and speak in fluent English

  • Waist and leg circumference are an appropriate fit for the Keeogo device

  • Able to walk 25 meters without stopping or having assistance from a human or assistive devices such as AFO’s

  • Score of 23 or greater on the MMSE (Mini-Mental State Exam)

  • Diagnosed greater than one year ago with the following medical conditions:

    • Knee Osteoarthritis

    • Multiple Sclerosis

 

Possible reasons for exclusion:

  • Unwilling to participate

  • Unable to provide consent autonomously

  • Legally blind

  • Pregnant or lactating

  • Lower-extremity amputation above or below the knee

  • Recent heart attack (In past year or less)

  • Major surgery scheduled to happen in the next 4 months

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • No functional use of hands

  • Diagnosed with health condition(s) that affect mobility