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Technology & Research

Using cutting-edge technology in patient care is paramount in the rehabilitation excellence offered to Madonna's patients.

Technology & Research

Using cutting-edge technology in patient care is paramount in the rehabilitation excellence offered to Madonna's patients.

Lokomat®​ – is a weight-bearing, computerized, gait-training system. The customized support and limb guidance provided by the Lokomat benefit patients who have a wide variety of walking impairments caused by neurological diseases and injuries. It is used to improve mobility in individuals following stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases and injuries. Madonna is the only hospital in the country that has both a pediatric and adult Lokomat.

Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical (ICARE) – is a computerized gate-training device developed specifically to help individuals with physical disabilities and chronic conditions improve their walking ability and cardiovascular fitness. Madonna developed the affordable technology and training system as a way to help individuals build strength, mobility, control and endurance so that they can walk and move more easily.

Armeo®Spring – is an exoskeleton with integrated springs. The ergonomic and adjustable arm-support embraces the entire arm, from shoulder to hand, and counterbalances the weight of the patient’s arm. This enhances any residual function and neuromuscular control and assists active movement across a large 3D workspace including grasping, wrist flexion and reach.

Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton – represents a fundamentally new way to help patients relearn to walk. The Ekso is a wearable bionic suit that enables patients with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight-bearing and reciprocal gait pattern.

RT300 Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycle – allows patients seated on the bike to have electrodes attached to the surface of their legs by their therapist.  The system sends computer-generated, low-level electrical impulses to patient’s legs, which cause coordinated contractions of the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteal muscles.  Sensors provide constant feedback to a computer, which controls the sequence of muscle contractions as well as the resistance to pedaling. The result is smooth and natural pedaling with patient’s leg muscles providing the power to move the bike.

STISIM Drive – is a programmable and fully interactive virtual-reality driving simulator. The simulator can easily convert to accommodate driver training from a wheelchair level using hand controls. This makes the simulator fully accessible to persons with spinal cord injuries who are learning to drive adapted vehicles.

Interactive Rehabilitation and Exercise System (IREX) – is a virtual reality rehabilitation system. Much the way movies with computer generation are made in Hollywood, the IREX uses a camera to record movement of a patient in front of a green screen. A software program filters out all of the green and projects the image of the patient into a virtual environment where they can exercise their bodies while playing a game in the virtual world. 

Bioness NESS L300™ & NESS H200™ – is on the leading edge of functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology used to treat patients suffering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders affecting the arm/hand and leg/foot. The L300 is worn on the lower leg and foot, and the H200 is worn on the forearm and hand. Both devices provide muscle re-education, promote strength and conditioning and maintain or increase joint function.

Proprio 4000™ – provides balance training through Dynamic Range of Motion (D-ROM) technology, which provides a multidirectional, dynamic platform and motion analysis that evaluates actual performance. The platform movement and patient movement work together to reproduce real-life movements and provide a controlled exercise. This equipment is a proven method in treating patients with lower extremity orthopedic injuries. In addition, it is effective for treating patients with stroke, brain injury, or other neurological conditions resulting in balance disturbance.

Dynavision 2000 – is a computerized board used by occupational therapists to improve peripheral vision, reaction time, arm coordination and ability to find objects to one side or in the environment. Dynavision 2000 as a device designed to improve visual motor skills in patients whose visual and motor function has been compromised by injury or disease. It has been successfully used to improve function in adults with limitations from stroke, head injury, amputation, spinal cord injury and orthopedic injury.