REX is the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device. Because REX is hands-free and doesn’t require the use of forearm crutches like other exoskeletons, patients with limited upper body mobility can use the device.
Ekso is a gait training exoskeleton intended for medically supervised use by individuals with various levels of paralysis and other neurological conditions impairing walking ability. Ekso also has a variable assist model that allows our therapists to customize the amount of assistance the device provides. The variable assist option is helpful for patients who are walking but need to work on the quality of their gait.
Since 2004 the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has been helping patients achieve the impossible. Over the past 10 years, nearly 300 patients from 29 states and 10 counties have traveled to RIM for our specialized services and expertise which can’t be found anywhere else. Today, the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery continues to be on the cutting-edge of spinal cord injury recovery by providing the latest and most advanced equipment and therapy to not only treat clients…but advance the field of spinal cord injury recovery.
Wheelchair Users at RIM Stand and Walk with Ekso’s Robotic Exoskeleton
At 17, Stevie Beale was paralyzed in a horrible car accident. Like most young women with spinal cord injuries, she wondered if she’d ever find love or get married. Stevie found her Mr. Right, and with the help of Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at the DMC, she realized another dream; to walk down the aisle on her wedding day. Click video below to see Stevie’s appearance on ABC’s The View.
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan: 2014 Commercial
Stevie Beale was a high school senior and athlete with a bright future, until a horrible car accident changed everything. The car Stevie and her friends were riding in hit a tree at 75 mph. Stevie sustained life threatening injuries including a spinal cord injury and her best friend Charlie died in the accident. With the help of the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Stevie has made remarkable strides and has come farther than she ever imagined possible. She recently graduated from college with a psych degree and says her future is once again looking bright.
Sharina was shot and paralyzed when she was only 5-years-old by a 7-year-old boy playing with a gun. However, life in a wheelchair has not confined her. She enjoys hand-cycling, mono-skiing, playing wheelchair basketball and writing. With the help of an aggressive physical therapy program at RIM’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, Sharina was also able to stand and dance with her husband at her wedding last May. In 2011, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2011.
Stevie Beale Wedding ABC News
While vacationing with his son, Frank Amprim flipped the ATV he was riding and sustained a spinal cord injury. When he awoke days later in the hospital, Doctors told him he would have difficulty walking again and he would never run again, which was one of his passions. But Frank never gave up and neither did the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. One year after his accident, Frank beat the odds and ran his first 5K. Watch his emotional journey from wheelchair to 5K.