New Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk AgainMain Category: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
Also Included In: Neurology / Neuroscience | Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 26 Jan 2013
Patients with spinal cord injuries are able to walk again with the latest generation of Argo Medical Technologies' ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 system.
The new 2.0 system exoskeleton is designed to make it easier to treat several patients each day, the company explained in an online communiqué.
The ReWalk creators say that the new system has state-of-the-art software that makes it much more user friendly for beginners. The new range of sizes means that it is suitable for more users, compared to the previous model.
Below are some of the highlights of the ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0:
A close-to-walking experienceLarry Jasinski, CEO, Argo Medical Technologies, said:
"I am very excited to launch this new generation of exoskeleton technology. We have learned from the everyday use by clinicians and the experience of their patients and believe as a company it is essential we continue to enhance this technology to meet the needs of those working with it.
With the ReWalk system, the user can exercise the legs and body, something especially beneficial for people in wheelchairs who have limited options for physical activity.
Two ReWalk ModelsThe company currently has two ReWalk models:
Knee and hip movements are achieved via motorized legs that function using patented technology.
By altering the patient's center of gravity, the ReWalk is able to help the user move and assume a natural gait, as well as a "functional walking speed". The system senses a forward tilt by the upper body, which triggers the device to take a forward step. With repeated shifts by the body, a sequence of steps should occur, i.e. natural and efficient walking.
Sgt. Theresa Hannigan, U.S. Army Retired and ReWalk user, said:
"Training in the ReWalk has changed my life in a way I did not believe possible after I became paralyzed. When I use the ReWalk I regain my independence; I have been able to walk a 1 mile road race, and stand up hug my friends and family."
Editors note 15th March 2013:
We are sorry that the video was removed by ReWalk, we were not given an explanation - you can see a different version of the video here.
Written by Christian Nordqvist
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