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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 15, 2010 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has endorsed The WalkAide System, developed by Innovative Neurotronics, Inc.
WalkAide is an intelligent functional electrical stimulation (FES) system that restores mobility to people who experience a form of lower leg paralysis known as foot drop. About the size of an iPod, and worn around the calf just below the knee, the device sends low level electrical signals directly to a motor nerve in the leg, stimulating the muscles to raise the foot at the appropriate time in the gait cycle. WalkAide uses Bluetooth technology to communicate during programming and a patented tilt accelerometer.
"As experts in restoring and improving motion in people's lives, physical therapists are pleased to endorse WalkAide," said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "Because the device simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, patients who have experienced damage to the central nervous system such as through stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis can greatly benefit from this technology."
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter(@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.