Healthcare and Technology: Joining Forces for Excellent Patient Care
United Prosthetics, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with Myomo, Inc., a medical robotics company. With this partnership, United Prosthetics has become a Center of Excellence for New England in the care for those suffering from varying degrees of arm paralysis.
Based on patented technology developed at MIT, Myomo develops and markets the MyoPro® product line of lightweight, non-invasive, powered arm braces to restore function in the weakened arms and hands of individuals affected by conditions including:
· Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
· Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
· Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Other upper limb neuromuscular deficits
How does it work?
The MyoPro orthosis works through myoelectric technology – using the detection of electrical impulses in the user’s muscles to activate a bionic part such as an artificial limb. Patients can self-initiate and control the movement of a partially paralyzed upper limb using their own myoelectric signals. When the user tries to move their extremity, sensors in the orthosis detect, process, and amplify the weak myoelectric signal, which activates motors to move the extremity in the desired direction. The user is in complete control of their own extremity; the orthosis assists with movement only once a signal is detected.
Cooking, cleaning, taking out the trash…these tasks may sound like chores to you; but to those with limited mobility or muscle weakness in the hand and arm, completing these tasks on their own is a symbol of regaining their independence. With the incredible advancements in technology, we are changing the quality of life for individuals living with these conditions.
For stories and videos of MyoPro users, please visit http://myomo.com/user-experien