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Restoring hand mobility for stroke sufferers

6th April 2006

Stroke patients who experience hand paralysis are set to receive help.

A device which provides impulses to the arm and hand could help sufferers regain control of the essential limbs.

The NESS H200, a device worn on the forearm, activates muscles in five areas of the hand and forearm by emitting pulses to the peripheral nerve.

"In as little as two months, the NESS H200 can restore some hand function to stroke patients, giving them the freedom to do things they weren't able to before - such as feeding themselves and holding a book," comments Kerri Morris, occupational therapy manager at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, the only centre currently providing the device.

"Additionally, the device increases blood circulation, reduces spasticity, improves skin integrity, and prevents or reverses muscle atrophy."

The device, manufactured by Bioness, is thought to be most effective when used shortly after suffering a stroke.

The NESS H200 may also be used to help patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries in the future.