In November, 2012, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care-UC Health was the first in the region and 20th facility in the world to offer the Ekso™ bionic exoskeleton device to patients with paralysis, enabling them to stand and walk again.
More recently, Daniel Drake Center became one of only four clinical sites nationally to launch the Ekso™ Bionics exoskeleton variable assist technology advancing Ekso’s use on more patients enabling them to achieve more normalized gait and challenging them with progressive rehabilitation. The new variable assist technology is designed for patients with:
- traumatic brain injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Guillian Barre
- Other neurological diagnoses.
Today, Ekso is in close to 50 centers world-wide.
How Ekso works: The physical therapist uses the control pad to program the desired walking parameters, such as step length and speed, and controls when Ekso stands, sits and takes a step. The therapist also has the ability to modify Ekso’s walking progression as the patient improves, allowing the patient to initiate steps independently when they are able to balance comfortably.
Ekso is available as an outpatient therapy at Daniel Drake Center’s main campus, 151 West Galbraith Road in Cincinnati, OH 45216. To find out more about whether you qualify for Ekso, or to schedule an appointment, please call 513-418-2409.