Ekso Bionics' Ekso exoskeleton is available for therapy and maintenance use at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Good Shepherd was the third rehab facility in the country to receive an Ekso and the first in North America to have Ekso with Variable Assist.
What Is It?
- Ekso is a wearable, bionic suit that enables individuals with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Battery powered motors drive the legs and replace neuro-muscular function.
- Variable Assist is software that allows Good Shepherd's clinicians to augment their patients' strength by tuning the amount of power contributed to help walking efforts for either leg.
- The latest Ekso upgrade - Ekso GT - is now available at Good Shepherd Outpatient Neurorehabilitation . Advancements in Ekso GT include: easier, faster adustment between patients; releasable hip abduction and thigh rotation to provide patients with appropriate strength and motor function more freedom; adjustable foot ankle stiffness and angle enable a more stable gait; a new foot design that encourages improved weight shift. The Ekso GT's software hosts several new advancements, such as a feature for turning in place and the ability to adjust software settings while the patient is walking.
Who Is it For?
Patients who have had a spinal cord injury , stroke or other neurological conditions, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Guillian Barre
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Other neurological dianoses with lower extremity weakness
The Ekso may not be appropriate for all patients. Contact us to schedule an evaluation.
Where Is It Available?
Ekso With Variable Assist:
The Power of Ekso
Imagine a robotic technology that allows a person with lower extremity weakness or paralysis to stand up and walk. That technology is a reality in the form of a ready-to-wear exoskeleton called Ekso.
Ekso allows a person with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness (spinal cord injury, stroke or other neurological conditions) to stand and walk through a series of sensors that work with a gesture-based interface that detects the user's intentions. The battery-powered, on-board computer then commands motors at the hip and knee joints to move the legs through a smooth, natural gait. Patients must use crutches or a parallel bar for balance.
The exoskeleton was a Time Magazine Top 50 Innovation for 2010.
Check out videos of patients walking with the Ekso on YouTube .