Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem has imported a new device from the USA that allows for incredible therapeutic options for patients. Developed at NASA, the device was purchased with a donation from Hadassah International Israel and has been used to rehabilitate various types of injuries that have led to a limitation or prevention of walking, such as muscle weakness or balance problems.
The device is unique in that it allows patients to step slightly and be carried in the air by air that flows from below, which allows them to start putting weight on their foot in a measured and supervised manner almost immediately after surgery. This has led to much faster rehabilitation progress for patients who have been injured in their legs.
One patient, Dvir, who was operated on his leg due to a pedicle injury, used the device to return to walking in a normal way. He mentioned that during treatment on the device, he felt like he was walking like before the injury, and that the device helps him feel like he’s on the way to walking with both feet independently.
Professor Isabella Schwartz, director of the hospital’s rehabilitation department, explained how this new technology is changing the game for patients undergoing rehabilitation for injuries in their legs. The hospital is excited about these new therapeutic options and looks forward to helping more patients with their rehabilitation journey.