New rehabilitation therapy offers more hope to patients with damaged central nervous systems

By Christina Salvo
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 at 10:15 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- A new device at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is helping patients affected by stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury to regain voluntary movement in more efficient capacity than before.

Several patients said the device has been a jumpstart to improved mobility that they haven't been able to achieve with physical therapy alone.

For most, George Buford's signature looks like any other. But for Buford it is an autograph of hope.

"I was in the hospital for two to three months. I was a quadriplegic and couldn't move anything," explained Buford. That was 10 years ago, after a fall that left Buford's spinal cord badly bruised.

He has done therapy off and on with different variations of success, but said nothing has been as successful as the NESS H200 Hand Rehabilitation System. It is a rehabilitation tool that helps patients, like Buford, who have damage to their central nervous system.