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MS Assistive Device Update: MyoPro

June 14, 2018

Myomo, a wearable medical robotics company, announced that MyoPro — its myoelectric orthosis or powered brace — is now available for use by teenagers with paralyzed or weakened arms due to injuries or neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

MyoPro is a lightweight wearable device that helps restore functionality in the arms and hands of those with paralysis.

The brace was originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the assistance of researchers at Harvard Medical School, to help adults with with MS and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and who had a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury or the like.

The device works by reading the faint nerve signals (called myoelectric signals), through non-invasive sensors at the surface of the skin, to then activate small motors to move the arm and hand as the user intends.

According to a company press release, the MyoPro has enabled its users to again perform daily-life activities, carrying or opening objects, feeding themselves, and doing household tasks.

“We can now provide these teens with a chance to help restore function in their arms and, as a result, improve their quality of life. This announcement represents an expansion in our market reach and our ability to serve those most in need of our technology,” said Paul R. Gudonis, chairman and chief executive officer of Myomo.

Via MS News Today