Bryn Mawr Rehab therapists use the Ekso device for gait retraining and pre-gait activities—exercises to help people who have suffered a stroke or an incomplete spinal cord injury walk independently again. The device is a wearable, battery-operated bionic exoskeleton that enables people with lower extremity weakness or partial paralysis to stand and walk on level surfaces. Motors power the hip and knee joints, and the patient initiates all motion either through specific actions or by using an external controller. Designed to help patients stand and walk during rehabilitation, Ekso helps our therapists promote correct movement patterns in all phases of recovery.
Patients who undergo gait training in Ekso will have better balance outside of the device. People with stroke and incomplete spinal cord injuries increase their walking distance and gait speed outside of the device at discharge compared to admission. Our therapists assess each patient to fit them into the device and ensure that it’s the right treatment for the patient, based on their injuries and goals. Each session is focused on specific gait or pre-gait training goals that the patient and therapist established together, and feedback from the device is used to help achieve the set goals.