Granted 510(k) clearance by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 and a CE Mark from the European Union in 2006, the WalkAide is an external stimulator that applies electrical pulses to restore proper foot flexion for patients who have suffered an upper motor neuron disruption from a stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy. The device functions by using a microprocessor with a built-in tilt sensor that allows for precise timing of stimulus to create a normalized gait pattern. About the size of a deck of cards, the device fits on a small cuff worn around the calf; it has no external wires and can be worn with or without shoes. Developed and commercialized by Hanger's therapeutic solutions business unit Innovative Neurotronics, Inc., the WalkAide is currently being used by thousands of patients worldwide.
About Hanger – Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, is the world's premier provider for services and products that enhance human physical capability. Hanger provides orthotic and prosthetic patient care services, distributes O&P devices and components and provides therapeutic solutions to the broader post-acute market. Hanger is the largest owner and operator of orthotic and prosthetic patient care centers with in excess of 700 O&P patient care centers located in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Hanger, through its subsidiary Southern Prosthetic Supply, Inc, is also the largest distributor of branded and private label O&P devices and components in the United States. Hanger provides therapeutic solutions through its subsidiaries Innovative Neurotronics and Accelerated Care Plus. Innovative Neurotronics introduces emerging neuromuscular technologies developed through independent research in a collaborative effort with industry suppliers worldwide. Accelerated Care Plus is a developer of specialized rehabilitation technologies and the nation's leading provider of evidence-based clinical programs for post-acute rehabilitation serving more than 4,000 long-term care facilities and other sub-acute rehabilitation providers throughout the U.S. For more information on Hanger, visit www.hanger.com and follow us at www.Facebook.com/HangerNews and www.Twitter.com/HangerNews.
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