A 21-year-old with a traumatic brain injury continues to improve thanks to the use of an electrical simulation system at St. John’s Hospital – Lebanon physical therapy.
Alex Poynter worried he would be confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life after he suffered a brain injury in a car crash five years ago. He was confined to the chair for more than a year, but after using the Bioness hand rehabilitation and wireless foot drop systems in therapy, Poynter can now almost walk on his own without the assistance of a walker and has full use of his left hand.
Poynter started using the Bioness systems in March 2010, and started showing results immediately. He uses it twice a week for one-hour sessions. It has helped Poynter come back to work in environmental services at the hospital
Patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries like Poynter, or those with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injuries, can regain muscle control by using the systems which use elec The systems give patients more function and more freedom.
The Bioness systems were purchased thanks to a donation by St. John’s Lebanon Heritage Foundation.