Robotic exoskeleton could allow some paraplegics to walk

While someone who becomes paralyzed as a result of an accident has a lot of adjustments to make in life, perhaps one of the most difficult is coming to terms with not being able to walk. Technology is making that activity possible for some who previously thought they would never again be able to do so.

Some paraplegics are able to do this through the use of a high tech robotic system called the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton. The system utilizes a computer in a backpack that is connected to sensors found on the braces. Those sensors allow the user to press a button which then sends a message to those sensors that help a person stand up.

To actually walk, it is a shift in the person’s weight that propels the person forward.

There are more benefits to this device than just helping a person to walk. As is turns out, an injured body actually recovers faster when it is in the standing position and walking. In addition to improving bladder and bowel function, it also improves bone density and lean body mass.

Because spinal cord injuries often result in a long period of treatment, the medical bills associated with that treatment can mount over time. In some situations the injured person may be unsure of how those bills will be paid. When such an injury is the result of negligence on the part of another person, a personal injury lawsuit might be pursued.