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    The Walk Aide "Miracle in a Box"

    This was on the Early Show yesterday. I thought it was rather interesting

    Full article http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/...eadStoriesArea

    Video http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?...eadStoriesArea
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    Interesting indeed. I didn't hear much about how it works or whether this could work for higher level injuries, did you? The video was really choppy on my computer.
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      #3
      It looks to me like you need trunk support for sure. I didnt catch what her level of injury is, if it was even said. I was even envious she walked the way she walked without the gadgets, so her level of injury has to be low.
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        #4
        Seems really cool. Would love to hear more about this. If this could get my daughter to walk like she was walking with out the gadgets I would be thrilled.

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          #5
          i have to try this but i noticed that when she walked bare foot her knee didnt snap back or did t?
          C-5, 6 SCI. Took about 6 months to walk. Walking full time. Without any assistance since Nov. 2003 and will make a full recovery

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            #6
            damn i want this, i want 5 of them. I'd destroy the other 3 but keep 2 of them. If they had one for hip flexors I'd be a robot but walking hah
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              Originally posted by Robynbird569 View Post
              It looks to me like you need trunk support for sure. I didnt catch what her level of injury is, if it was even said. I was even envious she walked the way she walked without the gadgets, so her level of injury has to be low.
              Lol when I watched it, I thought the same thing when she walked without the device.

              Even when she was on 2 kafos, when she was walking up the steps she had full hip flexors on both legs it looked like to take those steps.

              It seems like she regained movement/function from her knee's up. This device would be perfect for someone like mj23 on this site but without full trunk control and glutes/hamstring/quads this device would just replace an afo.

              I wish they would come up with stuff that would trigger HIP FLEXORS! Still very impressed by how fluid it was to trigger on and off. They had a similar device like this but this one seems to work much better when it comes to syncronization.

              Question is she telling that device to fire or is it doing everything for her? When the guy asked the other lady kind of cut him off and didn't give a straight answer. To me it sounds like the device is doing it all without her telling her to lift her foot up which is fine just curious.
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                #8
                I saw this on the Early Show too, and it seems very similar to the Bioness. http://www.bioness.com/ If so, all it is a substitution for AFOs. I'm also assuming it wouldn't work on someone like me (lower motor neuron injury) because I don't respond to electrical stimulation.

                I found the clip a little annoying because it was captioned something like "new device helps paraplegics to walk again". Well, this young woman was already walking...and you'd have to be already walking to use this device since it really only solves the issue of foot drop.
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                  Originally posted by uscmolly View Post
                  I found the clip a little annoying because it was captioned something like "new device helps paraplegics to walk again". Well, this young woman was already walking...and you'd have to be already walking to use this device since it really only solves the issue of foot drop.

                  yeah that irritated me too. i was waiting for someone who seriously can't move their legs at all; a typical spinal cord injury.
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                    #10
                    And So,,,,,,,,,,,, As The Spinal Cord Turns,,,,,,,,,, I am going in next friday to try it out, and see if it will work for me. No gaurantees, or promises tilll I try it, they will spend about an hour with me let me try it and see if it will work. I've got a doctors apointment a mile away anyway. I'll see.

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                      #11
                      CBS airs almost cruelly misleading piece on paraplegia

                      By Gary Schwitzer on July 24, 2009 10:16 AM | 1 Comment

                      Former Washington Post health section editor Craig Stoltz, one of our reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org, called it "almost cruelly misleading" the way the CBS Early Show dealt with what it called a "new device helps paraplegics walk again."




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                        #12
                        That was comedy. I can only hope to walk without assistance AND regular gait speed (people forget about that) in 6 years. She is obviously incomplete, but I'd assume shse worked EXTRA hard to go no assistance. I respect that. Don't respect CBS, that's some bullshit, miracle device? how much did they get for sponsoring that. what a shame.

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                          #13
                          I didn't think this story was cruel. It gave me hope that "technology" just might end up helping the sci community sooner than medicine. I'm beginning to feel that the whole stem cell "cure/therapies" are a very long way off. However, just when you think the techies can't invent one more thing, they do! The Walk Aide may be just the beginning of greater things to come.

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                            #14
                            It's just one more thing that the average person will think we need to solve our paralysis.Yes,great for improving a "walkers" gait,but useless to the rest of us.The media needs to really present stuff like this better,esp. in a time when everyone is pushing for stem cell research & treatment.People see this and probably think paralysis "is" already being solved.It's a shame & probable set back in peoples judgement of stem cells imo.

                            Molly,I wondered the same thing.I tried the Eurgis(however you spell that thing CR had made)for months and never responded to the electrical stim.I did get some hellacious nerve pain though.

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                              #15
                              My miracle

                              I found this site after googling my name. I am Tina Mann- the person discussed in the Early Show segment on walkaide. I noticed there were some questions about my injury and how walkaide works.

                              I am T10-12 incomplete- 8 1/2 years post injury. I spent 2 years in a wheelchair and was given a 30% chance of getting functional return. I began walking with KAFO's (long leg braces) then slowly progressed to AFO (short leg braces).

                              First I would like to say I had a miraculous response to walkaide... it does not do this for everyone- every injury is different and effects different things.

                              The purpose of walkaide is to produce dorsiflexion (picking the foot up) when walking... that is all. however in my case it returns proprioception (feeling where my leg is when moving) That is why my response is so great.

                              It only works if the peripheral nerves are intact (nerves that branch from the spinal cord)- and the spinal cord itself has to be partially intact (which can happen after the injury) you have to be able to walk- you can use braces, walkers, canes, crutches- but you need to be able to take at least a couple steps.

                              I also work as an orthotist- and I fit walkaide on other patients. i would highly reccommend finding a practitioner and having an evaluation. It doesn't cost anything and you will know whether it will work for you. I work in Orlando- for a company called Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics. hanger has 700 offices throughout the country- you an go to Hanger.com and find a facility near your home (or if you vacation in Orlando swing by my office and I'll work with you for awhile).

                              Any more question please ask- I really believe in this product and love seeing it transform peoples lives!

                              Tina mann

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