According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult over sixty-five suffers a fall every second of every day. This makes falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. Unfortunately, having had a fall is a strong indicator of the likelihood of further falls.
NextStep Robotics has created a modern solution for gait and fall prevention therapy. The proprietary technology is unlike anything else available for stroke patients, MS patients, Parkinson’s patients, or those who have mobility injuries.
NEXTSTEP ROBOTICS’ DEVICE AND FALL PREVENTION
NextStep Robotics’s device is designed to strengthen ankle muscles by analyzing the toe angle for each step and then making real-time corrective adjustments for every step. As the patient’s ankle control gradually improves, the device assists less. When a patient regains more mobility, the chances of falls significantly decrease. As a result, the NextStep Robotics device is a powerful tool in fall prevention for a wide range of patients and is unlike anything else available for stroke recovery.
Fall prevention is a crucial element for people in stroke recovery. In fact, 7% of falls occur in the first week after stroke, and up to 73% of stroke patients have fallen one year after a stroke.
As a result of these falls, there is a dire need for advances in the field of fall prevention, especially for patients in stroke recovery. This is part of NextStep Robotics’s purpose, which is to accelerate the process of stroke recovery for stroke patients. The technology developed by our NextStep Robotics team can be used in stroke recovery to retrain the foot muscles to move correctly, which helps in fall prevention too.
As people age, the ability to move fluidly tends to decrease. There are many reasons that people have a loss of mobility, but the most common factors include:
- Advanced age
- Low physical activity
- Impaired strength and balance
- Chronic diseases<
Millions of people nationwide suffer from mobility injuries every year. Once someone has a mobility injury, there is usually a significant negative impact on the patient’s ability to move. This loss of movement can lead to mobility injuries, which can range from benign bumps or bruises to more severe results, such as concussions, broken bones, or even death. NextStep Robotics’ device can also be used to help people recover from mobility injuries. The gradual progression that is made by wearing the NextStep Robotics device can greatly increase the recovery for patients who have mobility injuries. Further, once patients recover from mobility injuries, the less likely they become to have a fall. NextStep Robotics’ technologically advanced device acts as not only a crucial tool for physical therapy for mobility injuries but as an instrument for fall prevention as well.
Neurological issues, such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy, are also a factor that should be considered when improving fall prevention. These neurological issues can contribute to a loss of balance, coordination, or mobility. NextStep Robotics’ device could also be used to assist balance and coordination therapies for patients with neurological issues and lead to improved mobility for these patients.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NEXTSTEP’S DEVICE FOR FALL PREVENTION
Injury prevention is the foundation of NextStep Robotics’ advanced technological breakthroughs. Our purpose remains to create modern solutions to help patients recover from a variety of injuries resulting from falls. We use cutting-edge technology to improve the quality of care for those who have suffered a fall.
If you are interested in our technology or our next projects, contact our NextStep Robotics team today by completing our . We are eager to share more information about how our technology can be a crucial tool in fall prevention.