Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital Now Offers Stroke Survivors Cutting-Edge Robotic Exoskeleton Technology to Mobilize Patients Earlier

Wearable medical device that has enabled over 130 million steps around the world is now available for Southern Indiana patients

Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital Media Contact:
Kelly Brewer
Chief Marketing Officer
812.941.8300
kbrewer@vrhsouthernindiana.com

NEW ALBANY, Ind., March 7, 2022 – Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, an inpatient medical rehabilitation hospital located in New Albany, announced today that it has enhanced its rehabilitation program and will now offer the EksoNR™ robotic exoskeleton. The EksoNR is the first exoskeleton indicated for stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and the only exoskeleton indicated for acquired brain injury. Manufactured by Ekso Bionics®, the wearable device augments strength to help patients stand and relearn to walk, while gaining confidence and freedom. Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital plans to use the device to mobilize patients earlier in their rehabilitation, which is shown to help optimize outcomes.

Each year, nearly 60 million people suffer an acquired brain injury, 15 million suffer a stroke, and as many as 500,000 individuals experience a spinal cord injury. This cutting-edge exoskeleton technology helps these individuals get back on their feet earlier to relearn correct step patterns, weight shifting, and posture. The device’s SmartAssist™ software allows clinicians to boost a patient’s strength by customizing support for each leg independently, engaging the patient throughout their continuum of care.

Clinical evidence suggests that including EksoNR gait training in inpatient rehabilitation for stroke improves independence in functional mobility. Dr. Rinkoo Aggarwal, Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital’s medical director, added, “We are excited to provide our patients with access to this leading exoskeleton technology and are proud to be at the forefront of a new standard of care for stroke survivors.”

“The EksoNR offers many unique benefits to our patients who are relearning to walk after a stroke, as the device promotes early mobilization and can help improve gait speed and distance, which are critical factors for optimal recovery,” stated Brad Kruer, Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital’s director of therapy services.

The EksoNR robotic exoskeleton is the most clinically used exoskeleton in the world, with 130 million steps and counting taken by patients using the device worldwide. Most patients take an average of 400 steps their first time training in the device. The Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital team looks forward to offering their patients this unique opportunity and to seeing them add many more steps to the count of those taken with the help of the EksoNR.

About Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital

Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital is a 40-bed medical rehabilitation hospital located in New Albany that offers a specialized treatment option for individuals recovering from or living with debilitating injuries, illnesses, and chronic medical conditions. The hospital’s team of rehabilitation experts takes time to get to know patients and then develops treatment programs specific to each individual’s recovery goals, abilities, and needs. Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission and by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The hospital is proudly CARF accredited for the following services and specialty programs: Inpatient Rehabilitation (Adults, Adolescents, and Children), Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults, Adolescents, and Children), and Stroke Specialty Program (Adults). For additional information about Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, please visit www.vrhsouthernindiana.com

About EksoNR™
EksoNR™ is the first exoskeleton approved by the FDA for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries from L5 to C7 and the only exoskeleton with FDA approval for use with acquired brain injury patients. The EksoNR™ with SmartAssist™ software is the only exoskeleton available for rehabilitation institutions that can provide dynamically adapting amounts of power to either side of a patient’s body, challenging the patient as they progress through their continuum of care. The suit’s patented technology provides the ability to mobilize patients earlier, more frequently, and with a greater number of high intensity steps. To date, this device has helped patients take more than 125 million steps in over 270 rehabilitation institutions around the world.

 

About Ekso Bionics® 
Ekso Bionics® is a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical and industrial applications. Founded in 2005, the company continues to build upon its unparalleled expertise to design some of the most cutting-edge, innovative wearable robots available on the market. Ekso Bionics is the only exoskeleton company to offer technologies that range from helping those with paralysis to stand up and walk, to enhancing human capabilities on job sites across the globe. The company is headquartered in the Bay Area and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol EKSO. For more information, visit: www.eksobionics.com or follow us on Twitter: @EksoBionics.

Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital Media Contact:
Kelly Brewer
Chief Marketing Officer
812.941.8300
kbrewer@vrhsouthernindiana.com