Good Shepherd Offering Evaluations for Stroke Patients with Lower Extremity Impairments3/3/2011
Robotic Technology May Help Patients Regain Movement and Function in Legs
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is offering free evaluations for the AlterG Bionic Leg  (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) to stroke  patients who are experiencing lower extremity impairments. To schedule a personal evaluation, call 610-776-3247.
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 AlterG Bionic Leg  (formerly 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 AlterG (formerly Tibion) is “intention based,” which means that when a patient applies a force that is pre-set by a therapist, the AlterG Bionic Leg  (formerly Tibion 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).
“Patients using the AlterG Bionic Leg  (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) will improve functional activities such as standing, walking and climbing stairs,” says Susan Golden, P.T., director of neurorehabilitation  for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “We have patients with gait impairment who used the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) and then walked without assistance and without pain for the first time since having a stroke.”
The evaluations are being held at Good Shepherd’s outpatient neurorehabilitation  program, located in the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center , 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Many of Good Shepherd’s therapists are specially trained in using rehabilitation technologies  to help patients regain function as quickly as possible.