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Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Will Be FIRST In North America To Have Ekso with Variable Assist for Stroke Patients
Date:7/15/2013

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (www.GoodShepherdRehab.org), an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based innovator in the rehabilitation of physical and cognitive disabilities, will soon be the first health-care organization in North America to receive new Variable Assist software for the Ekso bionic exoskeleton.

The Ekso is a wearable, bionic suit, created and produced by Ekso Bionics (www.eksobionics.com), which enables individuals with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Battery powered motors drive the legs and replace neuro-muscular function. The addition of Variable Assist now provides the ability for Good Shepherd's clinicians to augment their patients' strength by tuning the amount of power contributed to help walking efforts for either leg. Variable Assist adds to the Ekso's utility for patients with hemiparesis due to stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury or other neurological injuries or conditions.

Since 2012, Good Shepherd has used the Ekso with spinal cord injury patients, in its outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program. The new Variable Assist software will arrive at Good Shepherd on July 30, 2013, and will be an upgrade to Good Shepherd's current Ekso rehabilitation technology. In late August, Good Shepherd will receive delivery of a second Ekso bionic exoskeleton with Variable Assist for inpatient use at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital.

Many stroke patients experience hemiparesis, or partial paralysis, in a limb or limbs. The new Variable Assist software will allow Good Shepherd's stroke patients to recover more quickly and enhance their walking capabilities. Good Shepherd's therapists now have the option to assign a specific amount of power contribution (based on therapeutic go
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