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MS Assistive Device: MyoPro

August 8, 2017

Meet the MyoPro electric arm, a new multiple sclerosis (MS) device that uses motors to help MS patients move weakened arms and hands. Its’s powered brace also helps people with spinal cord and nerve injuries. This device allows a person with arm or hand paralysis to do things that would otherwise be impossible, such as doing household tasks and certain types of work. It has obtained a quality designation required for selling medical equipment in Europe and has received what the European Union calls CE Mark Certification. This makes the device available in countries in the European Economic Area, such as European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland. 

MyoPro uses sensors on the arms to read a patient’s neurological signals, then activates motors to move arms and hands in the direction the patients wants. There are three models to match each individual’s needs. However, there are other MS assistive devices for purchase. Some include the SafeGait 360 Balance and Mobility Trainer, the Ekso wearable lower extremity exoskeletonReWalk 6.0, a motorized exoskeleton suit and OkuStim, a device that addresses vision loss stemming from eye trauma.

“The MyoPro powered brace allows individuals suffering from paralysis or stroke to perform routine daily activities,” Paul R. Gudonis, chairman and chief executive officer of Myomo, said in a press release. “Gaining CE Mark approval is an important milestone for our company and for the many people in Europe who will now be able to experience the benefits of MyoPro as they struggle with upper limb paralysis.”