Expanded Indications for Use for Parker Indego in the U.S.

On September 08, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Parker Hannifin’s request to expand Indego’s indications for use (IFU). This is great news for patients! This expansion is a significant change from the previous FDA approved IFU, and now allows therapists to treat individuals with spinal cord injury at levels C7 and lower in rehabilitation institutions. Furthermore, it enables... Read More »
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Paralyzed as a Teen, Ryan Reddick Uses Indego Exoskeleton to See the World

From as early as I can remember, I was always the kid who wanted to be outside building ramps, playing in the sand box, building forts, playing with my friends, but most importantly, riding my dirtbike. At the age of three my mother (Tammy Reddick) and father (Robert Reddick) took me to a local indoor motocross race. I was sitting on my dad’s shoulders to be able to see the races screaming “I... Read More »
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What to Consider When a Rehab Center Wants to Invest in Advanced Technology

There’s been an explosion in the creation of rehabilitation technology over the last 10 years. As rehabilitation professionals, we’re fortunate to provide our patients with more opportunity for recovery than we ever have previously. However, these technologies are often very expensive capital purchases which can be challenging to justify in an environment where reimbursement rates and lengths of... Read More »
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10 Meter Walk Test for Indego Exoskeleton

While many outcome measures are available for ambulatory patients, the most commonly cited outcome measures to assess gait speed during exoskeleton use are (Louie 2015): 10 Meter Walk Test (10 MWT) 2 Minute Walk Test (2 MWT) 6 Minute Walk Test (6 MWT) Additional information on the above listed outcome measures may be found on the Rehabilitation Measures Database. This blog will highlight the 10 MWT... Read More »
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Introduction to Indego Motion+ and Therapy+

Indego is a lightweight, modular exoskeleton helping people with little or no movement in the legs to stand and walk. Indego provides Users with trunk support and powered assistance at the hips and knees. The User’s ankle joints are supported by a flexible, height-adjustable carbon fiber ankle foot orthosis (AFO). While this AFO does not provide any powered assist, its flexibility can allow Users... Read More »
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Indego Exoskeleton Allows Will Hutchins to Walk Again

On June 1, 2013, 16 year old Will Hutchins was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed at injury level T8. Today, Will is 19 and able to walk again with the help of Indego and the PTs at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Will was a participant in the clinical trial that enabled Parker to make Indego commercially available in the United States and Europe. Will continues to support the... Read More »
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Exoskeleton Insight From Dr. Ryan Farris | Human Motion and Control

Dr. Ryan Farris began working on exoskeleton technology as a student at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics. He is a co-inventor of the Indego exoskeleton and Engineering Manager leading the project with Parker’s Human Motion and Control unit.   How would you describe the Indego device to someone who is unfamiliar with motion and control technology? The Indegodevice can most... Read More »
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Vanderbilt's Dr. Goldfarb Discusses the Future of Rehabilitative Technology and Indego

Dr. Michael Goldfarb is the H. Fort Flowers Chair in Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Goldfarb developed the exoskeleton with the help of a team of his graduate students, and is now partnered with Parker Hannifin and Shepherd Center to further develop the technology.    How did you initially decide to focus your time and... Read More »
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Indego® is the Real 'Elysium' for Human Motion and Control

For people with parapalegia, the promise of companies developing powered exoskeletons that will afford them a new level of independence is not just with movie entertainment.  Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, is developing a new powered orthosis called Indego. Indego allows users to stand and walk on all surfaces including stairs and gain access to... Read More »
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