SCI creates significant deficits in a patient’s ability to independently complete their activities of daily living (ADLs) as well as the patient’s quality of life. Not only does a spinal cord injury limit mobility, the resulting lack of physical activity can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues, and diabetes.
EksoNR is particularly appropriate for patients in rehabilitation for an incomplete spinal cord injury when the ability of the spinal cord to carry messages to or from the brain is not totally lost. The patient will retain some sensation or movement below the injury. Research on EksoNR shows that patients with iSCI often see gains in function, strength, endurance, and sensation after using EksoNR as part of their rehabilitation.
EksoNR can also be by most patients who have a complete spinal cord injury. For these patients, typical therapy goals in EksoNR include learning to weight shift using upper extremities, increase standing tolerance, and improving non-motor outcomes such as bowel and bladder management. For patients with complete SCI, Ekso can be thought of as the most dynamic standing frame, providing all the benefits of standing in a more active and engaging environment.