Damaged nerves improved by technology

Published: Mar. 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM EDT
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New walking aid technology is now available in Albany.

Limbcare helps patients who need dramatic improvement with walking due to a problem such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy.

The interruption of nerve to muscle communication between the brain and the leg can inhibit your ability to walk.

WalkAide restores the communication with electrical signals. It's a major advancement from older technology that restricted a patient's range of motion.

"The walk aid allows for free range of motion at the foot and ankle which allows for planterflection and push off and a more natural, normal gate pattern, in addition to promoting some recovery of the brain as well," says Cathleen Wynn, Innovative Neurotronics Rehabilitation Specialist.

Recent evidence shows using functional electrical stimulation can promote positive changes in the function of the brain, ultimately re-teaching the brain to move the ankle naturally.

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