Cutting Edge Technology
SIRH is committed to providing its patients with treatment using cutting edge technology in a practical and functional manner. To accomplish this, SIRH has partnered with Bioness, Inc. to offer the Ness L300 neuroprosthetic device.
The NESS L300 utilizes state-of-the-art wireless communication to seamlessly integrate its components. Patients wear a lower leg electronic orthosis housing an integrated stimulation unit and electrodes. The miniature Control Unit allows simple operation, displaying real-time system status information. The Intelli-Sense™ gait sensor, with wireless communication, detects “heel-off” and “heel on” positions, and signals the stimulator to initiate or pause accordingly. Initial setup is performed by a physical therapist using the wireless, hand-held Clinician’s Programmer. Its intuitive interface enables simple configuration and online optimization of gait parameters.
Uses of the Ness L300
The Ness L300 is an advanced neuroprosthesis that utilizes Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to help facilitate a more natural gait and a return to a more normal lifestyle. It works by delivering electrical impulses to the Common Peroneal Nerve which controls the movement of the muscles that cause the foot to dorsiflex in the swing phase of gait and thereby prevent foot drop.
It is intended for treating foot drop associated with disorders of the central nervous system, including stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy. In addition to facilitating a more normal gait, the Ness L300 may also be used for muscle reeducation, to prevent/retard disuse atrophy, to maintain or increase joint range of motion and to increase blood flow.
Advantages of the Ness L300
Wireless technology makes the unit more acceptable for patients by eliminating cumbersome wires. The electronic orthosis has also been designed for repeatable electrode placement and a snug fit between the affected limb and the integrated electrodes. And, unlike traditional systems, the NESS L300 may eliminate rigid splints that previously resulted in awkward movements that may damage hip, back, and knee joints.