Regain Leg Mobility and Recapture Your Independence
HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital offers NESS L300™, a state-of-the-art FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) system. It is designed to help patients with life-altering neurological disorders affecting lower extremities - including of stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. By using the NESS L300, an individual may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for an ankle-foot orthosis.
The NESS L300 is a low-profile device worn on the lower leg and foot. It allows easier, more natural walking and a return to a more normal lifestyle. In addition to facilitating a more fluid gait, the NESS L300 may also stimulate muscle re-education, prevent/retard disuse atrophy, maintain or increase joint range of motion, and increase blood flow. It can be especially effective when applied early to reduce the risk of developing unnatural walking habits and optimize lower extremity rehabilitation results.
The NESS L300 utilizes technology that lets you walk with a more natural gait. Only the NESS L300 has a built in sensor that recognizes the surface you are walking on and adjusts accordingly. It is a much more streamlined device compared to other available options. There are no bulky wires to deal with and the compact design even allows patients to wear their normal footwear. It's also easy for patients to use. Unlike some systems that can't easily be taken off and on, the NESS L300 is surprisingly simple-making it ideal for inpatient or outpatient use.
How Does NESS L300 Work?
The Bioness NESS L300 system uses electrodes (pads) applied to the surface of the skin to stimulate and activate leg and foot muscles. This facilitates rehabilitation of muscles that have been affected by stroke or injury.
A microprocessor allows the therapist to program the device with a sequence of exercises customized for each patient. With the touch of a button on the small control unit, the therapist or patient can send mild stimulation to the nerves that perform a specific movement. This stimulation is used to move the legs through repetitive exercises as part of the patient's therapy program. Using NESS L300 to facilitate these exercises also strengthens muscles that weaken from non-use, reduces spasticity, improves local blood flow, and increases range of movement.
This system is engineered to produce optimum therapeutic benefits for patients, while simultaneously creating minimal disruption to daily life. The unique design allows the therapist to custom-fit each orthosis ensuring maximum patient comfort. The simplicity of the system enables patients to apply and remove it when necessary, allowing for a seamless transition between inpatient and outpatient therapy. The simplicity of the NESS L300 system also encourages more frequent use, which can help more quickly facilitate greater independence.
Who Is a Candidate?
NESS L300 from Bioness is a therapeutic option for patients suffering from a variety of conditions. Patients who have received benefits include those with impairment of leg function due to:
- Stroke (CVA)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Cerebral Palsy (CP)
There are a number of variables in determining candidacy for this therapy program. A trained therapist from HealthSouth Deaconess will evaluate several areas, including your current level of lower body function, to ensure that the Bioness system will be beneficial in effectively addressing your condition.
There are specific contraindications to the use of this device and you will need to discuss these with your doctor and/or therapist.
What Are the Contraindications for Use?
Following are some general circumstances that might preclude you from using NESS L300. A trained therapist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate during the evaluation phase.
- Patients with a demand-type cardiac pacemaker should not use the NESS L300.
- Stimulation should not be applied directly over the area of a malignant tumor.
- Do not use NESS L300 over areas of regional disorders, such as a fracture or dislocation, which would be adversely affected by motion from the stimulation.
- Do not use NESS L300 simultaneously with high-frequency surgical equipment.
- Do not use in proximity (less than 1 meter) to short wave or microwave therapy equipment.
- The safety of NESS L300 during pregnancy has not been established.
- Skin problems in areas of contact with the splint may be aggravated by use.
- NESS L300 specific physician clearance should be obtained prior to use in patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)
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