RIC Researching Powered Exoskeleton to Help Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries Walk - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on September 19, 2012

RIC Researching Powered Exoskeleton to Help Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries Walk

exoskeletonCHICAGO, IL—The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 ranked rehabilitation hospital, is conducting clinical research with the powered exoskeleton device called Ekso™, investigating its potential as a walking device for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

RIC’s trial is specifically aimed at developing an expert system that includes evaluation and training protocols for therapists and patients while assessing the safety and effectiveness of using the powered exoskeleton as a mobility device for people living with SCI.

The Ekso consists of an external powered brace, or exoskeleton, that extends from the hip to the feet with battery-powered motorized joints that produce motion at the hips and knees, allowing individuals with paralysis or weakness to take steps, sit down and stand up.

Researchers in RIC’s Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Laboratory will assess individuals who are interested in participating in the trial. Participants chosen for the study will use the device over a 12-week training period, including three two-hour testing session and up to 40 follow-up training sessions.

Individuals with SCI who are interested in learning more about this trial should contact lead researcher Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD, at (312) 238-6875 or a-jayaraman@northwestern.edu.

To read more about Darline’s experience, follow this link: http://www.ric.org/thenewric/eblast/ric-researchers-explore-promising-new-robotic-technology/

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s top-ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Ranked #1 by both U.S. News and World Report and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction.

With a record eight multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, bionic medicine/rehabilitation engineering research, and pediatric orthopedics, RIC operates the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world.

RIC also operates its 182-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 40 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwest, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to www.ric.org.

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