What is the RGO?
Reciprocal Walking Orthosis (RGO), is a highly functional walking orthosis widely used in indications such as Spina Bifida, Traumatic Paraplegia and Muscular dystrophies, which need support in walking and can be ambulant from the mental aspect.
RGO provides an excellent walking function compared to other orthoses. Free hands and free hip joint structures prevent both freedoms of movement and formation of hip contracture. Repeating each step, one leg forward and the back mechanism of the other leg thanks to the joint mechanism actively both stretches and activates the muscles of the hip region.
Children 18 months of age can be considered as a starting point for device use. Its applicability at an early age gives a better chance of standing and stepping, as well as providing a very important effect in their physiological, skeletal and psychological development. RGO is widely used in lesion levels from L3 to T12 (possible at higher levels) Good upper limb strength, high level of motivation, good family support, and minimal contractures contribute to the successful use of the device.