Myomo – MyoPro Upper Extremity Powered Orthosis

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Myomo – MyoPro Upper Extremity Powered Orthosis

MyoPro is a powered orthosis (brace) designed to help restore function to arms and hands paralyzed or weakened by CVA stroke, brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy or other neurological or neuromuscular disease or injury.

MyoPro Powered Upper Extremity OrthosisMyoPro is a breakthrough in modern medical robotics. Originally developed at MIT with Harvard Medical School, it works by reading the faint nerve signals (myoelectric signals) from the surface of the skin (no implants) then activating small motors to move the arm and hand as the user intends (no electrical stimulation). The user is completely controlling their own hand and arm; the brace amplifies their weak muscle signal to help move the limb. It has been called “power steering for your arm”.

While there are many prosthetic products for those who have lost their arms, hands or legs, and while there are orthotic products to support weak legs, MyoPro is the only product on the market to help restore function for those who still have their arms and hands but are unable to use them.

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Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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