In a May 7th press release, United Spinal Association announced a partnership with Myomo Inc, to “raise awareness of the benefits of the MyoPro® myoelectric upper limb orthosis––designed for individuals with spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injury, stroke, MS, ALS and other neuromuscular disorders.”
The term “myoelectric” refers to the technology of a prosthesis, or in this case an orthosis, being triggered using muscle signals from the residually active part of the body, to carry out an action by the orthosis.
While stories regarding myoelectric prostheses have received quite a bit of press in the last few years, myoelectric orthoses are less publicized. However, the goal of restoring the function of a limb, remains similar.
“Our unique, patented myoelectric orthotics are powered braces that enable a growing number of individuals with upper extremity paralysis due to spinal cord injury to move their arms again and to function more self-reliantly,” said Paul R. Gudonis, CEO of Myomo Inc., according to the press release.
“Our myoelectric orthotics help individuals with arm paralysis perform activities of daily living such as cooking, feeding themselves, carrying household objects, and in some cases, returning to work.”
Both organizations will be working toward the common goal of education. Myomo will be providing free educational programs and focus group demonstations of the MyoPro orthosis for United Spinal members, as well as providing educational materials for the ~5,000 backpacks to be distributed through United Spinal Association’s New Beginning backpack program.
According to United Spinal Association’s website, the New Beginning backpack “contains a variety of consumer information for people newly injured or diagnosed with SCI/D––such as ﬁnding quality healthcare, employment and educational opportunities; choosing the proper mobility equipment and home modiﬁcations; and locating peer support groups.”
Image courtesy of Myomo Inc.
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