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Tibion Bionic Leg at Good Shepherd - Blue Ridge Cable News

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Uploaded on Feb 3, 2011

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network recently became the first health-care organization in the country to use the Tibion Bionic Leg in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The Tibion Bionic Leg is a new rehabilitation technology that uses robotics to help patients regain movement and function in a leg impacted by a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury.

Preliminary studies show that patients with lower limb impairments who are 5 to 10 years post-stroke benefit from the use of this robotic technology. Those patients' walking speed, gait pattern and endurance improved in four weeks of therapy with the Tibion Bionic Leg.

The robotic leg provides sensor-based assistance and resistance to the affected leg to match the capabilities of the unaffected leg. The Tibion is "intention based," which means that when a patient applies a force that is pre-set by a therapist, the Bionic Leg turns on a motor that provides the percentage of assistance set by the therapist. This provides "training" for the stance phase of gait (when the patient stands on the affected leg during walking).

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