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-rime 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
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
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.
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