National Stroke Association Partnership

How the National Stroke Association is Advancing Stroke Rehabilitation with Exoskeleton Technology

The National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support that addresses the needs of stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals in the stroke community nationwide. The National Stroke Association provides services to more than 90,000 stroke survivors, 30,000 caregivers and 110,000 healthcare professionals in the U.S. and Canada, with the number of individuals benefiting from the National Stroke Association’s services and resources growing every day.

The National Stroke Association and Ekso Bionics have formed an educational partnership dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to advanced stroke rehabilitation exoskeleton technology that enables earlier mobility and restored independence for survivors of stroke.

The partnership between the National Stroke Administration and Ekso Bionics [is] very beneficial, and it’s very appropriate that they use the term "Hope After Stroke" because it’s true. There is hope after the stroke.”

—Jessica “Jess” McNair, stroke survivor

Moving As One for Hope After Stroke

An estimated 17 million people around the world experience a stroke each year. More than 60% of survivors of acute stroke find themselves unable to walk or in need of intervention in walking. Impaired ambulation is greatly associated with fall risks, dependency, limited participation in social activities, and lower quality of life.

However, with the advent of robotic technologies, such as the EksoGT™, the first FDA-cleared exoskeleton device for stroke rehabilitation, the possibility of assisting with ambulation may aid the recovery process by providing earlier mobility and restored independence.

The National Stroke Association and Ekso Bionics educational campaign will include three branches:

National and Regional Push to Elevate Survivor Voices

Showcasing survivors of stroke and their care team in national and regional arenas to highlight the impact of robotic exoskeleton technologies in rehabilitation.

Comeback Trail 2018

As a National Silver Sponsor of the National Stroke Association’s annual Comeback Trail 2018, Ekso Bionics will bolster engagement of local, leading stroke rehabilitation centers to ensure survivors have access to the latest advancements in stroke rehabilitation within their reach.

Sponsored Educational Content

Publishing and promoting a series of educational content through Ekso Bionics’ Lean on Me podcast, the National Stroke Association’s monthly e-newsletter, and other platforms to equip survivors of stroke and their care partners with information on the evolving technological landscape in stroke recovery.

This campaign will supplement the reach of our current educational programs and resources for survivors and send out a message that better outcomes in stroke rehabilitation [are] possible through the use of an exoskeleton technology.”

—Robyn Moore, CEO of the National Stroke Association

The EksoGT

EksoGT is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries from L5 to C7. The EksoGT with SmartAssist™ software is the only exoskeleton available for rehabilitation institutions that can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of a patient’s body, challenging the patient as they progress through their continuum of care. The suit’s patented technology provides the ability to mobilize patients earlier, more frequently, and with a greater number of high intensity steps. To date, this device has helped patients take more than 87 million steps in over 200 rehabilitation institutions around the world.

About National Stroke Association

The National Stroke Association is the oldest national non-profit in the U.S. that dedicates 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Visit www.stroke.org for more information. ​​