Walton to hold seminar on brain-injury technology

Bioness system can improv movement for stroke victims, others

Walton Rehabilitation Hospital will sponsor a free seminar and demonstration of Bioness technology, which can help patients recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries relearn key motor skills and move a little easier.

The free seminar will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 15 in the hospital’s gym.

Walton has been using the Bioness L300 Foot Drop System and the H200 Hand Rehabilitation System for a few years, said physical therapist Margaret Blagg.

“It’s a nice resource for the community,” Blagg said. “It’s a really good benefit for people who have had stroke.”

The systems use electrical stimulation to the muscles to help improve balance or to help patients open and close their hands, reach and grip.

Patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, or who have a neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, may regain some of the movement they’ve lost, Blagg said.

Bioness is now introducing a new thigh cuff that works with the L300 Foot Drop System to create a more natural gait and correct thigh weakness.

Sales representatives will demonstrate how the units work, screen interested patients to determine whether the system would be appropriate for them. They will also discuss payment options.

“Every so often we like to do a seminar to help patients out who might need it,” Blagg said.

Refreshments will be served, but seating is limited. Call (706) 823-5231 for reservations and information.

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