Healthy Living

Robotic Legs Help Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Learn to Walk Again

Because of HAL, Lucinda is stronger and now rarely uses her walker

Finally, Lucinda Hauser agreed to help test out HAL. Every day for three months straight, her physical therapist helped attach sensors to her legs, which solely replied on her thoughts and efforts. “The brain sees, oh, my leg is moving when I try. They have to be focused on what they’re doing and trying to use their muscles in order to get the robot to help them,” commented Kim Kobata, a physical therapist. When Hauser first began to use HAL, she could not lift up her left leg by herself. Now, she is getting stronger every day and she rarely uses her walker. “It’s very huge for me. It’s been life-changing for me,” she said.