Robotic Technology Helps Patients Regain Movement and Function in Legs
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network recently became the first health-care organization in the country to utilize the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) is a new rehabilitation technology  that uses robotics to help patients regain movement and function in a leg impacted by a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury.
Preliminary studies show that patients with lower limb impairments who are 5 to 10 years post-stroke benefit from the use of this robotic technology. Those patients’ walking speed, gait pattern and endurance improved in four weeks of therapy with the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg).
The robotic leg provides sensor-based assistance and resistance to the affected leg to match the capabilities of the unaffected leg. The AlterG (formerly Tibion) is “intention based,” which means that when a patient applies a force that is pre-set by a therapist, the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) turns on a motor that provides the percentage of assistance set by the therapist. This provides “training” for the stance phase of gait (when the patient stands on the affected leg during walking).
“Patients using this new therapy tool will improve functional activities such as standing, walking and climbing stairs,” says Susan Golden, P.T., director of neurorehabilitation  for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “We have patients with gait impairment who used the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) and then walked without assistance and without pain for the first time since having a stroke.”
Good Shepherd is using the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown  and at its outpatient neurorehabiltation program in the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center , 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Many of Good Shepherd’s therapists are specially trained in using rehabilitation technologies to help patients regain function as quickly as possible.
“As soon as the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) was ready for regular clinical use, we contacted Good Shepherd because it has been a national leader in bringing rehabilitation technology to its patients,” says Charles Remsberg, chief executive officer of AlterG (formerly Tibion). “We’re delighted that the Bionic Leg is quickly proving effective, and we believe many patients in the Lehigh Valley region will benefit from it.”