Columbia, S.C.– Soon after birth Courtney Bingham (now 10-years-old) was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) which has resulted in mild paralysis on her left side, including a form of lower leg paralysis known as “foot drop”. All of her life Bingham has been limited in the activities she could participate in, and has struggled to keep up with her classmates physically, often stumbling and falling at school. However, a medical device the size of an iPod is helping change all of that. Bingham was recently fit with the WalkAide by Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics clinician Katie Moore. Worn around the calf, just below the knee, the WalkAide uses electrical stimulation to combat foot drop and restore mobility to people with CP, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and incomplete spinal cord injury.
The WalkAide has dramatically changed Bingham’s life – her balance and control of her left leg have improved tremendously, allowing her to concentrate on interacting with her classmates and not worrying she may stumble and fall. Bingham is also now able to jump rope, something she previously struggled to do, and she’s able to run more fluidly. She also has increased energy, and is able to get around her elementary school much easier.
Bingham recently spoke to several local media outlets about the WalkAide and what a difference it is making in her life. Following is a resulting news story from WACH-TV FOX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NpokbLNVMk.
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), prompting a muscle contraction which lifts the foot at the appropriate time during the gait cycle. The device uses an embedded accelerometer, which is similar sensor technology to that used in Wii video gaming systems, to determine the appropriate timing for stimulation with every step. For more information, visit www.WalkAide.com.
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