October 5th, 2010

A program highlighting innovative functional electric-stimulation systems for patients suffering from upper- and lower-extremity dysfunction is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Blackhawk Room at Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington, Iowa.

Manufactured by Bioness Inc., the NESS H200® Hand Rehabilitation System and the wireless NESS L300™ Foot Drop System help patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal-cord injury regain muscle control, giving them more function and freedom. Both systems work by sending low-level electric pulses to help lift a foot or open and close a hand. A patient’s movements are sensed and the electric pulses are generated by lightweight orthoses worn on the lower leg or forearm. The systems are designed to make the most of patient rehabilitation by accelerating and complimenting traditional therapy.

Program speakers are:

  • Anil Dhuna, M.D., medical director, Great River Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Craig Murphy, D.P.T., ATC, doctor of physical therapy and certified athletic trainer, Great River Rehabilitation Services
  • Robby and Kris Lanz, Oakville, Iowa – Robby uses the NESS L300™ Foot Drop System. He and his wife will discuss their experiences with the system

Optional free screenings to help determine whether a patient may benefit one of the systems will be offered from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Only program attendees are eligible for screenings. To register for the program, please call (319) 768-4070.