Frequently Asked Questions – Cyberdyne

HAL stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb.

HAL is a gait treatment device intended to temporarily help improve ambulation upon completion of the intervention. HAL must be used with a Body Weight Support system and is not intended for sports or stair climbing. HAL gait treatment is used in conjunction with regular physical therapy.

No, HAL is only used inside medical facilities while under trained medical supervision and the Body Weight Support system must be used at all times. It is not designed for at-home use and the purpose of the device is to decrease the level of dependency when you are without the HAL suit after completing the treatment program.

No, HAL is only available at approved medical facilities.

If you believe you’re an appropriate candidate for the Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or call (904) 345-7162.

The program at the Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center consists of 60 daily sessions over three months. (Approximately 12 weeks with five sessions per week).

Mobility restrictions do not automatically exclude you from program acceptance. During your clinical assessment, our Medical Director and therapy team will determine if you’re an appropriate participant for the program.

The results are dependent from the patient’s condition. At the beginning of the HAL treatment the individual objectives are discussed together with a physician and a physical therapist. Results were achieved in different forms including increased walking speed and reduced amount of assistance needed.

Secondary observations seen in clinical research include improved sensitivity of the skin, decrease of spasticity, a reduction of neuropathic pain, muscle build up, and improved continence.

No, there are no external electrical stimuli. HAL’s movements are neurologically-controlled by your volition.

HAL is intended for individuals with a spinal cord injury at levels C4 to L5 (ASIA C, ASIA D) and T11 to L5 (ASIA A with Zones of Partial Preservation, ASIA B), who have some motor function of the hip and knee.

  • Persons whom physicians have judged unsuitable for the implementation of therapeutic exercise such as standing and walking treatment.
  • Severe spasticity (Ashworth4)
  • Significant contractures.
  • Pregnant women.
  • History of severe neurological injuries other than SCI (MS, CP, ALS, TBI, etc.)
  • Persons with severe concurrent medical diseases: infections, circulatory, heart or lung, pressure sores
  • Persons with decreased standing tolerance due to orthostatic hypotension
  • Persons with unresolved deep vein thrombosis
  • Persons with uncontrolled Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Persons with uncontrolled hypertension or hypotension
  • Persons with epilepsy

Our team can help you arrange travel and lodging accommodations during your time in Jacksonville for the program. There are several hotels close by, as well as Helen’s House which provides lodging for Brooks’ patients and their families.

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In some clinical studies, skin reddening was observed. The reddening was due to electrodes that were attached onto the patient’s skin, but disappeared shortly after the electrode was removed.

The HAL treatment device is made of plastic, metal, sensor shoes, motors at the hip and knee joints, CPU and a controller.

Yes, HAL should be used in conjunction with regular physical therapy.

Since you will be living in Jacksonville during your HAL treatment, please bring anything you may need during that time, especially medical equipment and supplies.

If you would like more information about the Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center program, please fill out the form below or call us at (904) 345-7162.