Toledo, OH - A 42-year-old mother-of-two from Gibsonburg,
Ohio, Tina Santiago is walking with confidence despite suffering from paralysis,
thanks to the WalkAide.
Diagnosed in 2002 with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, Tina struggled
just to walk. The debilitating effects of MS – a disease that is prevalent in
Northwest Ohio compared to other areas of the country – range from loss of
vision and cognitive impairments to seizures and paralysis. For Tina, the
disease caused a form of paralysis in her leg, slowing her life down and making
it difficult for her to care for her two young children (10-year-old daughter
Hannah and 8-year-old daughter Rachel).
Now, Tina is walking with confidence, she has noticed her leg muscle strength
increasing, and most importantly, she’s able to care for, play with, and keep up
with her daughters.
here to watch Tina’s story on ABC-TV, WTVG in Toledo, Ohio..
Tina was fitted for her WalkAide by certified prosthetist / orthotist Mike
Bursztynski of Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics at 3435 North Holland-Sylvania
Road in Toledo.
Featured nationally on Good Morning America in January, the WalkAide is about
the size of an iPod and is worn around the calf. Using a patented sensor
technology called an accelerometer and transmitting data through a Bluetooth
connection, the WalkAide sends low level electrical signals directly to a motor
nerve in the leg, stimulating the muscles to raise the patient's foot at the
appropriate time in the gait cycle.
A study published in the September 2006 edition of the peer-reviewed journal
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair reports the walking speed of patients
wearing the WalkAide increased 15% after three months of use, 32% after six
months, and nearly 50% after 12 months. The study also showed the number of
steps taken per day by WalkAide users increased significantly over the year.