Neurorehabilitation Second Chance Program
The Neurorehabilitation Second Chance Program at Good Shepherd gives patients with conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis a second chance at recovery no matter how many years have passed since their initial diagnosis or therapy. A combination of technology and therapy helps those with neurological problems improve function and quality of life.
The following technologies are key components of the Second Chance Program:
AlterG Bionic Leg (Formerly Tibion)
The AlterG Bionic Leg is a robotic device that provides assistance to leg motion according to pre-determined force set by a therapist. It is for patients who have weakness in one leg due to a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury. The battery-powered AlterG Bionic Leg helps patients more effectively use their affected leg in functional activities such as standing, walking and stair climbing.
Bioness Ness L300 Foot Drop System
The Ness L300 is a functional electrical stimulation system designed to help patients with neurological disorders affecting the lower extremities, specifically foot drop. The L300 is worn on the lower leg and foot. Its purpose is to stimulate muscle re-education, prevent atrophy and promote a more natural walking pattern. The L300 can be used either as a training device or a functional orthotic for patients to use daily when they walk.
Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton
Ekso is a wearable robotic device that allows people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand up and walk. The patient provides the balance and proper body positioning, and the device facilitates walking over ground with reciprocal gait. Good Shepherd was one of the first rehabilitation facilities in the nation to receive the Ekso and is also one of the first to receive the latest upgrade, which allows the patient to progress through a series of levels to control the suit and gain greater autonomy.
Interactive Metronome works by challenging the patient to improve the brain’s timing and processing skills through the use of whole-body exercises in the presence of a computer-generated beat. An individualized program is developed for the patient that may target working memory, attention, visual and auditory processing, language skills and cognition, as well as sequencing, motor coordination, balance, gait and/or fine motor skills.
Vision therapy helps those who suffer from vision-related problems caused by neurological disorders or injuries. Problems related to neurological vision deficiencies include poor balance, double vision, limitations in the field of vision, risk of falling, difficulty reading, learning, driving, navigating the environment and with memory. Tools and techniques used in vision therapy include computer programs and software, handheld prisms, flipper glasses with different lenses to help train the eye, range of motion exercises and perceptual work.