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Learning to walk again

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For those who’ve found it hard to walk after an injury or a stroke, technology can help them relearn how to walk. The Ekso exoskeleton is a kind of wearable robot that allows patients to stand and walk. Sensors in the device control its movements as the patient shifts weight. “It’s kind of a training tool to help the patient figure out how to weight shift so that they can get back to the normal pattern of walking,” said Gabrielle Canales, a physical therapist at University Health System’s Reeves Rehabilitation Center, where the device is used. Ms. Canales has been …Read More >

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A little help keeping your balance

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation

Getting older does not have to mean losing your balance. For some time, Herb Rippa had been feeling dizzy and unable to drive or do other normal activities. He found himself more and more limited in what he could do. Finally he went to an ear specialist who diagnosed him with fluid in his inner ear. After he sought treatment for that condition, he turned to physical therapy at University Health System’s Reeves Rehabilitation Center to help him recover his physical skills. “When you have something that affects your everyday life, such as driving, you need to do something about it,” …Read More >

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Up on two feet again

Categories: News  /  Technology

It looks like something out of science fiction. But a new bionic suit being used at University Health System is helping patients with paralysis or lower extremity weakness regain strength and movement. The Ekso exoskeleton — a kind of wearable robot — allows these patients to stand and walk under medical supervision. In the process many relearn how to move and step. Sensors in the suit signal the device to walk as the users shift their weight. This gait training can help those with stroke, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Pedro Lozano …Read More >

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