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Juan Pablo España-Aguilar, Msc

Alejandra Paola Polanco-Aguilar, MSc

German Yamhure-Kattah, MSc



Objective: The objective of this work was to develop a passive exoskeleton prototype for the relief of knee-load employing ischiatic body weight support. Methods and materials: A functional prototype was developed and tested with three volunteers to analyze its potential effectiveness and effects on gait kinematics. The performance of the prototype was assessed using motion capture and pressure mapping systems, and a testing bench for the study of ischiatic body weight. Results and discussion: The results of the tests indicate that the prototype allows reducing the load supported by the knees and does not have a significant effect on the kinematics of the hip and knee joints. The process allowed the designers to identify possibilities of improvement mainly on reducing the restrictions imposed by the prototype to the motion of the ankles, especially on the midstance of the support phase. Conclusions: The passive exoskeleton prototype developed for ischiatic body weight support allows setting different percentages of knee-load relief. The prototype does not have a significant effect on the kinematics of the hip and knee joints. Nevertheless, improvements must be performed to reduce the restrictions to the motion of the ankles.


Arthrosis, water-supply rural, knee-load reliefartrosis, exoesqueleto, alivio de carga en rodillas

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How to Cite
España-Aguilar, J. P., Polanco-Aguilar, A. P., & Yamhure-Kattah, G. . (2021). Prototype for Knee-load Relief through Ischiatic Support. Ingenieria Y Universidad, 25.
Special Section: Health Care Engineering