Austin, Texas – Innovative Neurotronics, Inc., the
development and commercialization subsidiary of Hanger Orthopedic Group, is
proud to announce its WalkAide technology has earned the product endorsement of
the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). An award-winning functional
electrical stimulation technology, the WalkAide combats a form of paralysis
known as “foot drop” caused by multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain
injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury.
“Following a product review by physical therapists, the Board Committee
to Review Product Endorsements (BCRPE) and staff, we determined that WalkAide
clearly may assist physical therapists working to restore mobility to patients
with foot drop. As experts in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives,
physical therapists are pleased to endorse WalkAide,” APTA President Scott Ward,
PT, PhD said.
A recipient of the coveted National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s da Vinci
Award for Adaptive Technologies, the WalkAide is improving gait and restoring
mobility to thousands of people suffering from foot drop. Applied by physical
therapists at hundreds of rehabilitation centers nationwide, the WalkAide is
valued as both a useful therapy in clinical treatment protocols, as well as a
consistent mechanism to promote multidirectional mobility and restore a natural
gait pattern to patients at home in their everyday environment. Additionally,
when compared to other functional electrical stimulation technologies, there are
physical therapists that report increased patient compliance as a result of the
absence of a required heel sensor.
“Since the launch of the WalkAide in 2006, physical therapists have
served an invaluable role in our efforts to restore mobility and independence to
people with foot drop,” Innovative Neurotronics Vice President & General
Manager Aaron Flores, PhD said. “Product endorsement of the WalkAide by the APTA
further inspires us to continue on our shared mission of optimizing patients’
gait through the advancement of restorative therapies and technologies.”
With the February 2010 launch of its new Bi-Flex Cuff, the WalkAide
provides patients with increased comfort, ease of use, and consistent,
reproducible outcomes. Designed to maximize the functionality and precision of
the patented WalkAide tilt accelerometer (the same motion-tracking technology
used in the Wii video gaming system), the Bi-Flex Cuff includes improved
aesthetics, a new latch attachment system, a unique dual durometer construction
(rigid side to ease one-handed donning / doffing, soft side to conform to the
leg for total electrode contact), and a vented design that allows for increased
air circulation and better breathability. The new electrode locator feature
helps patients achieve the same optimal results at home as when their therapists
position the WalkAide in a clinical setting.
The WalkAide and new Bi-Flex Cuff will be available at the APTA Annual
Conference and Exposition in Boston, June 16 – 18, booth #1301.
About the WalkAide – An intelligent functional electrical stimulation
(FES) system, the WalkAide restores mobility to people who suffer from a form of
lower leg paralysis known as foot drop due to stroke, multiple sclerosis,
traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury.
About the size of an iPod and worn around the calf just below the knee, the
WalkAide applies low level electrical currents directly to the peroneal nerve
(i.e. the motor nerve that controls the movement of the ankle and foot) and
instruct the muscles to flex the foot at the appropriate time in the gait
cycle. It uses Bluetooth technology to communicate during programming and a
patented tilt accelerometer. For more information, visit www.walkaide.com.