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    The Walk Aide "Miracle in a Box"

    This was on the Early Show yesterday. I thought it was rather interesting

    Full article http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/...eadStoriesArea

    Video http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?...eadStoriesArea


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    Interesting indeed. I didn't hear much about how it works or whether this could work for higher level injuries, did you? The video was really choppy on my computer.
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    It looks to me like you need trunk support for sure. I didnt catch what her level of injury is, if it was even said. I was even envious she walked the way she walked without the gadgets, so her level of injury has to be low.


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    Seems really cool. Would love to hear more about this. If this could get my daughter to walk like she was walking with out the gadgets I would be thrilled.

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    i have to try this but i noticed that when she walked bare foot her knee didnt snap back or did t?
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    damn i want this, i want 5 of them. I'd destroy the other 3 but keep 2 of them. If they had one for hip flexors I'd be a robot but walking hah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robynbird569 View Post
    It looks to me like you need trunk support for sure. I didnt catch what her level of injury is, if it was even said. I was even envious she walked the way she walked without the gadgets, so her level of injury has to be low.
    Lol when I watched it, I thought the same thing when she walked without the device.

    Even when she was on 2 kafos, when she was walking up the steps she had full hip flexors on both legs it looked like to take those steps.

    It seems like she regained movement/function from her knee's up. This device would be perfect for someone like mj23 on this site but without full trunk control and glutes/hamstring/quads this device would just replace an afo.

    I wish they would come up with stuff that would trigger HIP FLEXORS! Still very impressed by how fluid it was to trigger on and off. They had a similar device like this but this one seems to work much better when it comes to syncronization.

    Question is she telling that device to fire or is it doing everything for her? When the guy asked the other lady kind of cut him off and didn't give a straight answer. To me it sounds like the device is doing it all without her telling her to lift her foot up which is fine just curious.
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    I saw this on the Early Show too, and it seems very similar to the Bioness. http://www.bioness.com/ If so, all it is a substitution for AFOs. I'm also assuming it wouldn't work on someone like me (lower motor neuron injury) because I don't respond to electrical stimulation.

    I found the clip a little annoying because it was captioned something like "new device helps paraplegics to walk again". Well, this young woman was already walking...and you'd have to be already walking to use this device since it really only solves the issue of foot drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uscmolly View Post
    I found the clip a little annoying because it was captioned something like "new device helps paraplegics to walk again". Well, this young woman was already walking...and you'd have to be already walking to use this device since it really only solves the issue of foot drop.

    yeah that irritated me too. i was waiting for someone who seriously can't move their legs at all; a typical spinal cord injury.
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    And So,,,,,,,,,,,, As The Spinal Cord Turns,,,,,,,,,, I am going in next friday to try it out, and see if it will work for me. No gaurantees, or promises tilll I try it, they will spend about an hour with me let me try it and see if it will work. I've got a doctors apointment a mile away anyway. I'll see.

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