Row of HAL Robots

Revolutionary Robotic Treatment Now Available for Patients in Orlando

Clinical Expertise

Jul 14, 2021

Brooks Rehabilitation, an industry leader in post-acute physical rehabilitation, is now offering innovative technology to help patients in the Orlando market achieve their highest level of recovery possible. Experts in their Kissimmee outpatient clinic are now providing therapy using Cyberdyne’s Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL). HAL is the world’s first advanced robotic treatment device shown to improve a patient’s ability to walk. HAL was first introduced to the U.S. in 2018, when Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Fla. became the first and only provider to offer this innovative treatment.

Individuals with spinal cord injuries or stroke have FDA-approved access to this pioneering technology. By fitting to a patient’s lower limbs and trunk, HAL is controlled by using signals from the patient’s brain.

How It Works:

  • Sensors attach to the patient’s lower extremities.
  • When the patient intends to move, muscles receive nerve signals from the brain, and faint bio-electrical signals are detected on the skin’s surface.
  • HAL uses sensors to detect these signals and assists with desired movements, while also enhancing strength and stability.
  • Active use of neural pathways for voluntary movement with physical feedback to the brain leads to improved ability for the patient to walk on their own.

Physical therapists with Brooks Rehabilitation – Osceola Crossings have received specialty training to provide this therapy in a safe environment with a pneumatic lift and body weight support system.

Private Local Media Demonstration on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 2 – 4:00 p.m.

Media is invited for a private tour of the Osceola Crossings clinic with demonstrations of HAL on Friday, July 23, from 2 – 4:00 p.m. EST.

  • Carolyn Tremblay, PT, DPT, Center Manager, Brooks Rehabilitation – Osceola Crossings will discuss how HAL works using signals from the patient and the science behind how treatment with HAL works helps improve a patient’s own ability to walk.
  • Aqsa Mirza and Mary Lou Bryant, two patients currently participating in HAL treatment, will be available to demonstrate and share what it feels like for a patient to use HAL to walk, stand, and move.

Brooks Rehabilitation – Osceola Crossings is celebrating its one-year anniversary in July. This multi-disciplinary clinic offers physical, occupational and speech therapies to patients of all ages. In addition to the private media event, the clinic will be hosting a community open house from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. this same evening. Staff will provide demonstrations of Cyberdyne, Smart Glove, Smart Board technologies and Dry Needling. Therapists will offer screening of grip strength and balance, plus answer questions about how physical, occupational or speech therapy can help.

The address for the open house is:
Brooks Rehabilitation – Osceola Crossings
1172 W Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741

(689) 204-2221

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