Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EKSO), an industry leader in exoskeleton technology for medical and industry use, today announced that the worldwide adoption of the EksoGT™ exoskeleton has allowed stroke and spinal cord injury patients to take 100 million steps to date. More than 240 leading rehabilitation centers in over 30 countries helped their patients walk 50,000 miles in the EksoGT exoskeleton— the distance of walking around the world twice.
Centers utilizing the EksoGT are advancing both in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, and collectively changing the standard of care to promote better patient outcomes.
As the exoskeleton most widely used in rehabilitation, the EksoGT:
- is designed to help patients get back on their feet by supporting re-learning of correct step patterns, weight shifting, and potentially mitigating compensatory behaviors, enabling patients to mobilize earlier and restore independence
- is the only exoskeleton with SmartAssistTM software which provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of a patient’s body, especially beneficial for stroke patients
- provides the ability to mobilize patients earlier, more frequently, and with a greater number of high intensity steps
For patients who never thought they would walk or even stand again, the EksoGT also offers hope.
“Ekso Bionics set out to change the standard of care in rehabilitation with unparalleled exoskeleton technology,” said Jack Peurach, CEO and President of Ekso Bionics. “And, thanks to our Centers of Excellence and other leading rehabilitation centers, together we were able to achieve the 100 million steps milestone. These centers are thought leaders and understand how to use our technology as a tool to improving the lives of their patients. We are excited to continue to grow the presence of the EksoGT worldwide so we can continue improving the lives of all of those who suffer a stroke or spinal cord injury.”
Each year, more than 15 million people experience a stroke and 500,000 individuals develop a spinal cord injury worldwide. This cutting-edge exoskeleton technology augments strength to help patients get back on their feet sooner and walk, while gaining confidence and freedom. Clinical evidence shows that including EksoGT gait training during rehabilitation can improve patient gait speed and walking distance outside of the device at discharge compared to admission and may improve independence in functional mobility during inpatient stroke rehabilitation.
“Our Barrow neuro robotics program works to combine customized robotics with trained functional therapy to maximize outcomes for neurological patients. The EksoGT is a significant piece in our neuro robotics program and allows our team to further customize rehabilitation care,” said Chris St. Clair, Senior Director of Rehabilitation Services at Dignity Health in Arizona.
Learn more about innovative centers that are leading the way in exoskeleton rehabilitation by visiting Ekso Bionics’ Centers of Excellence.