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The Ekso robotic exoskeleton provides advanced rehabilitation therapy for stroke or spinal cord injuries. This may enable those with certain types of spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke to stand up correctly and walk.
As a leader in the fields of physical and neuro-rehabilitation, Franciscan Health understands the importance of using cutting-edge therapies to deliver maximum benefits and are proud to offer the latest technological innovation in gait training - the Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton - for use during rehabilitation from stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI). This leading technology, available currently in Indianapolis and Lafayette, enables persons with hemiparesis due to stroke and individuals with spinal cord injuries to stand up and walk over ground in a clinical setting.
Intuitive technology to help you walk again
Through the use of Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton for gait therapy, Franciscan Health is offering new hope for greater independence and a better quality of life for a broad range of people with paralysis due to stroke or spinal cord injury. With intuitive technology, the customizable suit gauges how much power the user is able to contribute and adapts to continuously deliver the appropriate level of support to complete every step. Users are able to take more steps or walk more naturally.
Wearable robots, or robotic exoskeletons, may enable those with certain types of spinal cord injury and stroke to stand up correctly and walk. These suits can help guide weight shifts, step patterns and cadence, so that a more natural ambulation pattern is achieved. As an added benefit, physical therapists can remain upright as well during sessions, resulting in fewer staff injuries and an improved ability to engage with the patient.
Who Can Use the Ekso GT™ Robotic Exoskeleton?
At Franciscan Health we believe that using the exoskeleton can help patients recover from stroke or spinal cord injury. It is generally recommended that patients:
Weigh less than 220 lbs.
Height is 5'0 - 6'4"
Have no severe medical issues (infection, circulatory/lung complications, orthostatic hypotension)
Do not have skin breakdown
Do not have an unstable spine or unhealed fractures