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EksoGT™ Robotic Exoskeleton
Stimulating Brain Neuroplasticity through Walking

The Ekso™ Bionic Exoskeleton is a battery-operated device consisting of an outer framework, worn by the patient and powered by a system of motors that enables individuals with lower-extremity weakness or paralysis to stand and walk on level surfaces.

How does the Ekso™ Work?

At Marianjoy, the Ekso™ is used as part of a therapy plan to retrain walking through repetitive patterning. With a therapist's assistance, patients learn how to balance and weight-shift while wearing the exoskeleton, so an efficient, reciprocal gait pattern can be practiced and relearned.

For patients who are unable to walk, successful training in the exoskeleton may result in greater functional independence at home.

What are the benefits of using the Ekso™?

The Ekso™ can be used to stimulate brain neuroplasticity, re-educate muscles, increase muscle strength, improve range of motion and increase blood circulation. The technology has been shown to improve the walking ability for people living with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury, Guillain-Barré, and general lower-extremity weakness or paralysis. Patients must be screened by a specially trained therapist before using exoskeleton technology. Factors such as medical status, weight, height and presence of spasticity are considered in determining if the patient would benefit from use of an exoskeleton at Marianjoy.

 

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