Robotic Therapy for Paralysis

Patients take stunning strides with the assistance of robotic exoskeleton technology.

Getting patients who can’t walk back on their feet is a game changer, both for the patients themselves and for the physical therapy professionals who care for them. So are smaller but equally meaningful successes such as improving functional bladder and bowel control.

At Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia, therapists see outpatients who have sustained strokes and spinal cord injuries, as well as devastating neurological disorders. As the therapy provider for a large, nationally ranked health system, Good Shepherd cares for a wide range of neurological conditions. Recently, there’s been a strong push for the development of the neurorehabilitation technology program in the health system.

In 2012, the hospital invested in robotic exoskeleton technology. With almost three years of outpatient therapy under their belts, clinicians have seen firsthand how patients benefit from the device — even those who became paralyzed 20 or more years ago.

For more on robotic exoskeleton technology, read our November 3 cover story.

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