The WalkAide sends electrical impulses to the nerves and muscles of the lower leg, which lets its user to pick up his or her foot. The WalkAide can be used to restore mobility for people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries, who right now can’t walk.
The WalkAide costs about $5,000 for people who pay out-of-pocket, but in some cases Medicare and personal insurances may cover the cost for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
One of the people it has helped is Tina Mann, who was told she would never walk again after getting into a snowboarding accident at age 16.
She was palyzed her from the waist down, and even with much major therapy, she could not walk without assistance.
With the WalkAide, she is now about to walk any time she wishes. She even recently faced her fears of getting on a snowboard again with the help of WalkAide.
Mann says that WalkAide has helped her get her muscled strength back. She has even started participating in rock climbing competitions, and strength training.
The WalkAide device is just one of the many medical miracles being developed worldwide to help people with spinal injuries and other problems.