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ReWalk Exoskeleton Gets FDA Clearance for Home Use
The ReWalk Personal System has gotten clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to be used by consumers in their homes, its manufacturer has announced.
The ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that its manufacturer, ReWalk Robotics – formerly Argo Medical Technologies – describes as providing “powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury to stand upright and walk.”
ReWalk Robotics also says the system “provides user-initiated mobility through the integration of a wearable brace support, a computer-based control system and motion sensors. The system allows independent, controlled walking while mimicking the natural gait patterns of the legs, similar to that of an able-bodied person.”
After donning the ReWalk, the consumer uses forearm crutches to walk. The ReWalk user moves both crutches forward, then takes a step, in a “double-crutch” pattern.
In speaking to The Mobility Project last year about various exoskeletons she had tested, Clare Hartigan, MPT, BSBio, said, “The ReWalk can only be used with forearm crutches. Two crutches at a time, step. Two crutches at a time, step. It’s not a normal, reciprocal gait pattern of arm, leg, arm, leg. So with the ReWalk, you cannot use a walker.”
About the Mobility Project
The Mobility Project (TMP) strives to help empower the community of wheelchair users, assistive technology users and their families by promoting dialogue and sharing ideas that can advance their many abilities and opportunities. TMP works to provide practical, timely information on assistive technology, accessibility, health-related resources, clinical conditions, advocacy and other topics of interest to this community and culture — while serving and appreciating people of all age groups and levels of ability. Learn more at www.themobilityproject.com.
About Mobility Management
Mobility Management is the only industry publication written especially for mobility and rehab suppliers and clinicians. Mobility dealers/providers and rehab professionals turn to Mobility Management every month for real-world solutions regarding new Medicare/Medicaid policies, client assessment, product innovations, pending legislation, auto and home accessibility and end-user views. Learn more at: http://mobilitymgmt.com.
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