Roper Rehabilitation Hospital’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury is the first program in the state and one of only 27 other facilities nationally to offer the innovative ReWalk exoskeleton technology. This technology will help current patients retrain muscles for mobility recovery and will also be used for research with spinal cord injury patients who meet certain qualifying criteria.
ReWalk is an exoskeleton mobility device that provides individuals with user-initiated mobility through the integration of a light wearable brace support suit, a computer-based control system and motion sensors. Using crutches for support, ReWalk allows walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs and the ability to turn. The ReWalk system is designed for a subset of individuals with spinal cord injuries and provides another research and rehabilitation tool to study not only ambulation, but a variety of outcomes.
Through a grant from the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund (SCIRF), Roper Rehabilitation Hospital brings this innovative technology to the Lowcountry to benefit those with spinal cord injuries.
Staff and patients at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Clinic are currently training with the device with plans to initiate a research protocol in the future.