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January 28, 2015, ALEXANDRIA, VA — Parker Hannifin, a leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, has been named a Strategic Business Partner of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
"We are pleased to welcome Parker Hannifin to APTA's Strategic Business Partners family," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "APTA is committed to growing our business relationships and developing meaningful partnerships with for-profit companies. We are pleased to offer business opportunities that benefit our members, strategic business partners, and APTA."
Parker Hannifin's Human Motion & Control unit has developed Indego®, a powered orthosis or "exoskeleton," that is worn around the waist and legs, allowing individuals with spinal cord injuries to stand and walk. The company is testing the device in a large multicenter study with 5 leading US rehabilitation centers.
"We value the work and expertise of physical therapists and carefully consider their recommendations in our product development process," explained Achilleas Dorotheou, vice president and head of the Human Motion & Control Unit at Parker Hannifin. "Therapists are key influencers and will continue to play a critical role in the successful commercialization of products designed for people who are mobility impaired, which is the reason why we partnered with APTA."
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 90,000 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.