Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New Device For Stroke Patients Improves Walking

Date:
May 28, 2007
Source:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Summary:
Among stroke survivors, one common difficulty is foot drop, a partial leg paralysis that prevents the foot from lifting -- causing instability and difficulty walking. Now, a new high-tech rehabilitation device helps these patients regain the ability to walk more naturally and improve mobility.

Among stroke survivors, one common difficulty is foot drop, a partial leg paralysis that prevents the foot from lifting — causing instability and difficulty walking. Now, a new high-tech rehabilitation device — available in the New York City–area only at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center — helps these patients regain the ability to walk more naturally and improve mobility.

The unique lightweight device, called the NESS L300 ™ neuro-rehabilitation system — which recently received FDA clearance and has been offered to patients at Weill Cornell beginning this year — is worn on the lower-leg and foot in place of a traditional foot brace. Sensors detect whether the patient's foot is in the air or on the ground, and electrodes transmit painless electrical stimulation to the peroneal nerve to activate the calf muscle and correct their gait.

Offered on an inpatient and outpatient basis, the NESS L300 has been shown to improve walking coordination, speed and blood flow, and decrease the effort required in walking while wearing the device. Generally, electrical stimulation has been demonstrated to improve motor control; future research will determine the specific long-term benefits of the NESS L300.

"Our patients have been very enthusiastic about this remarkable device, which, together with a comprehensive rehabilitation regimen, has helped them retrain and regain control of their bodies and achieve greater mobility and independence," says Dr. Michael O'Dell, acting chief of rehabilitation medicine and medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. He is professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

The device, manufactured by Bioness® Inc. of Santa Clarita, Calif., may also be able to help patients with traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell also offers a similar device for rehabilitation of arm movement: the NESS H200™. Additional devices used in stroke rehabilitation at the Hospital include the NeuroCom® SMART Balance Master® for objective evaluation and balance training, and the LiteGait® partial-body-weight-supported treadmill.

More than 700,000 people suffer a stroke every year. Two-thirds of stroke patients require intensive rehabilitation.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Weill Cornell Medical College. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Weill Cornell Medical College. "New Device For Stroke Patients Improves Walking." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070524164323.htm>.
Weill Cornell Medical College. (2007, May 28). New Device For Stroke Patients Improves Walking. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070524164323.htm
Weill Cornell Medical College. "New Device For Stroke Patients Improves Walking." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070524164323.htm (accessed September 22, 2014).

Share This



More Mind & Brain News

Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Could Grief Affect The Immune Systems Of Senior Citizens?

Could Grief Affect The Immune Systems Of Senior Citizens?

Newsy (Sep. 19, 2014) — The study found elderly people are much more likely to become susceptible to infection than younger adults going though a similar situation. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Food Addiction Might Be Caused By PTSD

Food Addiction Might Be Caused By PTSD

Newsy (Sep. 18, 2014) — New research shows that women who suffer from PTSD are three times more likely to develop a food addiction. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Corporal Punishment on Decline, Debate Renews

Corporal Punishment on Decline, Debate Renews

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) — Corporal punishment in the United States is on the decline, but there is renewed debate over its use after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
FDA Eyes Skin Shocks Used at Mass. School

FDA Eyes Skin Shocks Used at Mass. School

AP (Sep. 15, 2014) — The FDA is considering whether to ban devices used by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts, the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive patients. (Sept. 15) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins