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Robotic Walking Program

WakeMed Rehab uses the most current exoskeleton created by Ekso Bionics, the EksoNR. It is the first robotic exoskeleton to be FDA cleared for use with patients following a stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis. The wearable robotic device supports a patient’s trunk and legs and is used by specially trained physical therapists to promote correct movement patterns during standing and walking, while monitoring safety and avoiding fall risk.  

ekso logoRecently, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital was recognized as a ‘Ekso Reference Center’ by Ekso Bionics — making us the seventh program in the country to participate in this program. This achievement acknowledges WakeMed’s investment, development and creativity with Ekso over the past decade. 

How Does EksoNR Work? 

EksoNR is used as a tool to progress patients with standing and walking as they recover from a neurological injury or condition. Specially trained physical therapists have the ability to tailor the exoskeleton’s settings to each patient’s therapeutic needs and goals. The EksoNR supports forward walking and challenges backward walking, sidestepping and resisted walking. This latest model is equipped with sophisticated sensors and software that help patients achieve high quality and high intensity repetitions of movement, which are crucial to neuroplasticity and improved function.

Robotic Walking

EksoNR helps the WakeMed Rehab team get many patients on their feet sooner allowing them to re-learn correct movement patterns. The goal is to help patients steadily regain more independence by recovering as much strength and coordination as possible to improve mobility and ultimately walk again without the assistance of EksoNR. 

Bioness® L300 GO 

This revolutionary technology comes as two separate units for the calf muscle and thigh and can be worn comfortably under clothing. They increase mobility by offering foot drop and thigh weakness support. Patients recovering from Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more experience freedom and independence with Bioness L300 GO.

How Does Bioness® L300 GO Work? 

The lower unit uses adaptive wireless technology that senses when your foot is on or off the ground and automatically adjusts to changes in walking speed and terrain. The thigh unit helps to retrain muscles and increase range of motion. Together, they produce electrical stimulation to activate and contract specific leg nerves and muscles to lift your foot and help you walk more naturally. 

I Want to Try One of These Devices! 

Call WakeMed Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Raleigh Campus at 919-350-8347 to schedule a telephone screening to see if you qualify.