NB was an NIH trial participant. She walked with the Agilik for 10 sessions. We asked her about her experience and here is she said:
BPI: Do you think using the Agilik was helpful?
NB: Using the Agilik increased the mobility in my legs. I was able to bend my knees more, have a slightly longer stride in my step, walk a little faster, and even stand a little taller.
That’s what we like to hear! The Agilik helping people Stand Taller and Walk Stronger.
Cerebral palsy (CP) covers a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It’s the most diagnosed childhood motor disability in the United States and Canada. About 10,000 American babies are born annually with CP, while each year 1,200-1,500 school-aged children are diagnosed with the disorder.
There are nearly 1,500 American babies born each year with the spinal birth defect spina bifida. Most of them have trouble moving and face disabilities ranging from mild to severe.
Crouch gait, the abnormal walking pattern often seen in children with cerebral palsy and other knee-extension-deficiency disorders, is not only painful but can often lead to worse issues as a child ages—bony deformities, degenerative arthritis, joint abnormalities. It’s best, then, to treat it early.
Bionic Power designed the Agilik—its smart orthotic device—for people with crouch gait from cerebral palsy or another knee-extension-deficiency disorder. What makes it different from the other orthotics out there is that it not only helps its users to stand taller and walk stronger, giving people more autonomy, but has the potential to increase motor control as well.
If you’re reading this, you might be the parent of a child with cerebral palsy. Or spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or some kind of incomplete spinal cord injury or knee-extension-deficiency disorder. Something that has somehow compromised your child’s ability to stand, walk, and move with ease, purpose, and joy.
Dr. Thomas Bulea talked about Bionic Power Agilik, and how it helps children with Cerebral Palsy and other issues Stand Taller Walk Stronger.
If you’re someone with cerebral palsy or spina bifida or some other knee-extension-deficiency disorder, or you’re the parent of a child with one of these conditions, you’re probably already familiar with orthotic devices. Ours – the Agilik™ – is different and we’d like to share more about our ongoing and planned clinical trials. Who knows? Maybe you’ll want to apply to participate in one of them!