Medical News – “The FDA has approved the first robotic exoskeleton designed to help people with spinal cord injuries walk again..” …
FDA Approves First Robotic Exoskeleton
The FDA announced yesterday that it has approved a new robotic exoskeleton for use in the U.S.A. The new robotic legs are called “Rewalk”, and have been designed and developed by Argo Medical Technologies in Israel. It’s an amazing new system that can help those with paralysis stemming from spinal injuries and other causes to actually become mobile and walk again.
The Rewalk System is worn on the body, and controlled by a controller on the users wrist and by shifting the body weight. It apparently takes a bit of learning to get the knack, but the makers of the system are supplying training for buyers.
Besides the obvious benefit of allowing the paraplegic to get around on their own once more, there are other benefits a swell. Circulation, digestion, and overall muscle tone can be a problem for those with spinal injuries. Mobility achieved through the use of this new robotic exoskeleton can help improve them all.
Here’s a video on Newser that will give you a peek at how this amazing new technology works, along with an article with more information.
According to the CDC, there are 200,000 people in the U.S. with a spinal cord injury, many with complete or partial paraplegia. An FDA official said the ReWalk is a gamechanger. “Along with physical therapy, training and assistance from a caregiver, these individuals may be able to use these devices to walk again in their homes and in their communities.” …
FDA Approval Clears Way For US Use
Now that the FDA has cleared the way for public purchase of the Rewalk robotic leg system in the US, those sufferring from crippling spinal cord injuries can begin using it immediately. The price, however, could be a problem for many. Each system costs about $69,000, and we’ll have to wait and see if insurance companies will start covering this amazing new technology.
By Steve Gaghagen