New Therapy Intervention for Stroke Patients at The Rehabilitation Center

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Press Release from Appalachian Regional Healthcare System:

Stroke patients and other patients suffering from foot drop have a new treatment option available at The Rehabilitation Center in Boone – the wireless NESS L300™ Foot Drop System from Bioness Inc. of Valencia, CA.  The innovative wireless system helps patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injury walk again with a more-normalized gait, giving them more function, more freedom and more life. 

“We are excited to be among a select group of facilities in the country to offer this treatment system,” says Emily Roberts, PT, Clinical Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Watauga Medical Center.  “The NESS L300 accelerates and compliments traditional therapy. By adopting the NESS L300 System as a standard of care, we hope to maximize patient rehabilitation.”

The innovative NESS L300 is the first functional electrical stimulation (FES) system that is wireless, low profile, and lightweight. The system has three components: a gait sensor worn in the shoe, a wireless stimulating leg cuff worn below the knee, and a clinician programmed control unit. When the gait sensor detects “heel off,” it sends a message to the leg cuff, which then stimulates the leg muscles to lift the foot accordingly. The advanced Intelli-Sense Gait Sensor™ technology of the NESS L300 Foot Drop System allows patients to achieve a more-normalized gait on changing terrains and at varying speeds.

Katherine Graham, PT, Candace Shelton, DPT, and Kelly Conrad, DPT, are Physical Therapists at The Rehabilitation Center certified in fitting the NESS L300. Graham says that “The NESS L300 is easy for patients and clinicians to use!” “We can actually program the system while the patient is walking.”

The Rehabilitation Center will host a Free Screening Day for the new treatment option on Wednesday, March 14th. To register, please call (828)268-9043 no later than Tuesday, March 13th.     

For initial assessments and more-detailed information on the NESS L300, please call The Rehabilitation Center at (828) 268-9043. For more information about The Rehabilitation Center, visit www.apprhs.org/the-rehabilitation-center

To learn more about Bioness Inc. or the NESS L300, please visit www.bioness.com.     

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