Tuesday, February 06, 2007

New technology offers new hope for stroke, neurological patients

By Coloradoan staff

New technology that could help stroke and other neurological patients regain lost mobility is providing new therapy options at the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, 1049 Robertson St., Fort Collins.

Through partnership with Bioness Inc., CNS is among the first in the country to offer the therapy and will serve as a regional evaluation and treatment site for patients interested in trying out the new device.

Central nervous system injuries often result in foot drop — leading to instability and difficulty walking. The NESS L300 neuro-rehabilitation system is designed to help patients experiencing foot drop to regain mobility and help “normalize” walking and gait.

The L300 uses wireless communication to “talk” to its components, eliminating cumbersome wires and allowing the clinician ability to fine-tune settings while the patient is actually walking. This user-friendly system is appropriate for a broad range of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injury, according to a statement from CNS..

California-based Bioness Inc. was formed in 2004 by the Alfred Mann Foundation for Scientific Research, a world leader in medical technology, and NESS Ltd., a company headquartered in Israel that develops and manufactures neuroprosthetic and rehabilitation systems. Bioness Inc.’s mission is to deliver innovative devices and therapies to the field of physical medicine, taking rehabilitation to new levels of physical independence and productivity.