Ekso GT is a robotic exoskeleton used for over-ground gait training in people with a neurological diagnosis. It helps patients re-learn the correct step patterns and weight shifts involved in walking, potentially mitigating compensatory behaviors.
Ekso GT’s Variable Assist software allows physical therapists to determine how much power is provided to either side of the person’s body. This balances the physical effort that the person exerts with the amount of help that he or she needs to achieve a more normalized gait. It also makes the device suitable for a broad spectrum of neuro-rehabilitation activities and keeps individuals challenged as they progress through their rehabilitation.
For people who thought they would never stand or walk again, Ekso GT provides hope for greater mobility and independence.
Appropriate Ekso candidates include those with lower extremity weakness or paralysis resulting from any of the following:
- Spinal cord injury (complete injury at level C7 and below)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
You may be a good candidate for Ekso GT if you have mobility impairments due to a stroke, a spinal cord injury anywhere from level T3 to level C7, or any of the above listed conditions. You may also be a good candidate if you have generalized weakness caused by another condition. A full physical therapy evaluation is necessary to determine eligibility to use the device in rehabilitation.
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- Date of last review: December 12, 2016
- Author: Christina Kwasnica, MD