United Spinal Raises Awareness of Myoelectric Orthotics in Regaining Movement after Paralysis

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United Spinal Raises Awareness of Myoelectric Orthotics in Regaining Movement after Paralysis

United Spinal Association recently announced that it has entered into a partnership with Myomo, Inc. to raise awareness of the benefits of the MyoPro myoelectric upper limb orthosis––designed for individuals with spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injury, stroke, MS, ALS and other neuromuscular disorders.

“We are excited to be partnering with Myomo to educate our members about the benefits of this life-enhancing technology that offers individuals the opportunity to regain their independence,” said Joe Gaskins, United Spinal’s president and CEO.

“Our unique, patented myoelectric orthotics are powered braces that enable a growing number of individuals with upper extremity paralysis due to spinal cord injury to move their arms again and to function more self-reliantly,” said Paul R. Gudonis, CEO of Myomo, Inc.

“Our myoelectric orthotics help individuals with arm paralysis perform activities of daily living such as cooking, feeding themselves, carrying household objects, and in some cases, returning to work,” he added.

As part of its partnership, Myomo will be providing educational programs and focus groups for United Spinal members throughout the year.

The focus groups will take place at upcoming United Spinal chapter meetings and include presentations, demonstrations of the MyoPro myoelectric orthosis, patient experience stories and discussions in support of educational outreach.

“We are pleased to be able to support people living with spinal cord injury, including paralyzed veterans, through our partnership with United Spinal Association and its VetsFirst program,” said Gudonis.

Myomo will also provide educational material for United Spinal’s New Beginning backpack program in which 5,000 backpacks containing information pertinent to newly spinal cord injured patients are distributed annually.

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