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MossRehab Installs Robotic Walker System

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PHILADELPHIA -- MossRehab, the physical and cognitive rehabilitation arm of Einstein Healthcare Network, announced Dec. 19 that it is utilizing the latest G-EO, a robotic walker training system that helps patients with a variety of physical disabilities and injuries regain strength and movement to improve walking. G-EO is manufactured by Reha Technology AG, a Swiss company that designs and manufactures advanced robotic-assisted systems for neurorehabilitation.

Like other devices already in use at MossRehab, patients utilizing the G-EO are suspended from a harness (taking their weight off of their legs) while robotics put the patients' legs through the motion of walking. The motion helps the muscles become strong again while simultaneously helping the nervous system relearn motor skills. The more a patient progresses, the more body weight their legs can support and less assistance provided by the robot.

G-EO offers these features: 

    * Utilization of End Effector Control: The G-EO system attaches only to the feet and controls the movements of the foot while the knee, hip and trunk can move more freely during walking. This increases the challenge to the muscles of these joints. 

    * G-EO can be used to train stair-climbing and descent. 

    * G-EO comes with virtual scenarios displayed on a big screen through which patients can walk. 

    * A patient can be transferred from a wheelchair to the G-EO device by only one therapist who can control and oversee the therapy.

"MossRehab is privileged to offer the updated version of the G-EO robotic walker training system to our patients," said Alberto Esquenazi, MD, MossRehab chief medical officer and chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "This device is the first of its kind in the U.S. and it offers our patients advantages over similar devices. Currently, we are utilizing it for clinical care and researching applications for the device seeking out ways to improve patient care and outcomes."

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