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Technology to help regain mobility

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Imagine technology so advanced that it may help stroke and other neurological patients regain lost mobility and achieve greater independence than believed to be possible. Two new, highly sophisticated technologies are now a reality.

The first technology focuses on central nervous system injuries that often result in foot drop, leading to instability and difficulty walking.  The NESS L300™ is a revolution in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology, designed to help patients experiencing foot drop to regain mobility and help “normalize” walking and gait. The L300 uses wireless communication, eliminating cumbersome wires and allowing the therapist the ability to fine-tune settings while the patient is actually walking.  This system is appropriate for a range of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and incomplete spinal cord injury, as well as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. 

The second device, the NESS H200™, is designed to help patients regain hand function.  This system consists of a soft polymer fitting that rests over the patient’s hand and forearm; stimulation from external electrodes move the hand and guide it through repetitive exercises.  Based on the concept of neuromuscular re-education, repetition of movement teaches the healthy parts of the brain to relearn lost function.  Clinical trials support the effectiveness of the H200 in returning function for patients in the acute phase of recovery following stroke, brain injury, and other neurological disorders, as well as for certain patients whose injuries are years old.

Dr. John Wyatt of Colorado Springs says these advanced therapies complement and accelerate traditional modalities especially when they are integrated into both acute rehab programs and outpatient settings.  He is a proponent of using these devices between therapy sessions and encouraging patients to purchase the L300 and H200 to use them at home.

Editor’s note:   For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call HealthSouth Rehab Hospital at 719-630-2371..  To learn more about Bioness Inc. or the L300/H200, see www.bioness.com