ExoAtlet Introduces New Rehabilitation Technology
On May 28, Skolkovo resident startup ExoAtlet, which makes rehabilitation exoskeletons that help disabled people walk again, presented a new rehabilitation methodology titled „Combined Application of ExoAtlet Exoskeleton and Body Weight Unloading Technologies.” The methodology was designed by ExoAtlet in collaboration with Dr. Konstantin Lyadov, an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The first stage of rehabilitation involves placing the patient in a suspension system for training on a treadmill in the step initiation mode. At the second stage, the patient trains outside the treadmill on a rollator or in a suspension. At the third stage she begins to walk independently while wearing the exoskeleton and leaning on crutches.
“We see the second and third stage of rehabilitation as an opportunity to involve the patient in some quality game. For her, this is an amazing motivation when she realizes that she can go beyond the confined space and move along the corridor, and share her successes with relatives,” said ExoAtlet CEO Mikhail Krundyshev.
Mobile and ceiling-mounted suspension frames and rehabilitation treadmills can be used at different stages of the training process.
“Depending on the patient's condition, she can be placed on a treadmill while wearing a harness and walk in the exoskeleton with minimal supervision. For those who want to walk on a real surface, there is also a ceiling-mounted harness system, which enables patients to walk unsupervised,” said Ekaterina Bereziy, co-founder of ExoAtlet. “There are special constructions, such a suspension frame on wheels, which enables the exoskeleton wearer to walk thanks to the four wheels that provide reliable support. The patient can have a cane, or she can hold onto handrails. ”
ExoAtlet emphasizes the following advantages of the new technology:
Ability to use the exoskeleton for treating patients with more severe impairments
Safer assistance to people suffering from severe nervous and musculoskeletal impairments
Faster transition to active rehabilitation
More efficient use of workforce capacity
ExoAtlet is working on the next version of the exoskeleton, which is scheduled for certification at the end of 2020. The new version will have an upgraded interface, advanced control system capabilities, 12-channel myostimulation options, and various changes in the design.
Also in the alpha development stage is the children's exoskeleton ExoAtlet Bambini, which is suitable for patients from 4 to 13 years old. Its clinical studies will begin in 2020. In addition, ExoAtlet announced the development of a prosthetic shin with enhanced elasticity for exoskeletons, also due to go on sale in 2020. The company plans to certify it measuring equipment ExoEffect, which tracks rehabilitation progress in patients and helps understand their rehabilitation potential.
In April 2018, ExoAtlet raised $5 million in investment from the South Korean firm Cosmo and Company to expand business to Europe and beyond.
“Cosmo is investing in certification, marketing and everything else essential to bring ExoAtlet to European markets. The next steps are the U.S. and China,” said Ekaterina Bereziy back then.
Speaking at the ExoRehab Spotlights conference last December, professor J.Y.Lee from the National Traffic Injury Rehabilitation Center said that ExoAtlet helps prevent cardiovascular and lung diseases in patients with spine injuries. According to him, the exoskeleton improves the patients' overall state and prevents metabolic disorders.
“No skin inflammation or respiratory disease were observed in patients using ExoAtlet,” emphasized the professor.
ExoAtlet enables people who have lost the use of their legs to stand up, sit down, walk and go up and down stairs without assistance. In addition to helping people recover their mobility, regular training in an exoskeleton has been shown to improve the patient’s muscle tone and a range of other heath factors, as well as their self-confidence and overall wellbeing.
29 may 2019