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Lutheran is among the first in the country, and the only one in Brooklyn, to offer this breakthrough therapy and will serve as a regional assessment site for therapists and patients interested in trying out the new device

January 29, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare is pleased to announce that its Rehabilitation Network now offers a new revolutionary tool (a small electronic cuff, not much bigger than an Ace bandage) to help stroke victims and neurological patients regain foot and hand control. The new wireless system was recently profiled on a national news program and is designed to help patients improve their ability to walk or use their hands in daily activity. Lutheran is the only facility in Brooklyn to offer the hand and foot devices.

For many patients who suffer from the lingering effects of a stroke, traumatic brain/spine injury and multiple sclerosis, the muscles in the hands and feet are often too weak to perform routine functions. The new system from Bioness Inc. ( however, has shown remarkable results by using low-level electrical stimulation to help restore function, provide close to natural movements, increase walking speed, improve steadiness, increase flexibility and improve blood circulation.

"Most patients who require therapy are seeking the same thing, to once again perform, or improve their ability to accomplish routine daily activities like walking, navigating stairs, or carrying packages," said Salman Azhar, M.D., Stroke Center director and chief Rehabilitation Services. "From Botox and acupuncture, which are now used to improve muscle flexibility, to the latest technology and implantable devices, rehab specialists have made tremendous advancements in maximizing movement, mobility and independence."

Lutheran has recently coordinated and expanded its therapy programs into a full-service Rehabilitation Network. It's part of a long-term effort to better serve patients in need of rehab therapy since people are more active and living longer. "The best part though, is that at Lutheran, the device and other new approaches, are available to all types of patients at any stage of the rehabilitation process, whether they are acute (inpatient), outpatient, or are in nursing home care (long-term sub acute care)," added Azhar.

Anyone can register for a free evaluation to learn more about the new Bioness device (offered every Friday at Lutheran). For availability or to make an appointment call 718-630-7425.

Lutheran HealthCare's Rehabilitation Network offers one of the most comprehensive therapeutic programs available in the New York City region and specializes in the full scope of clinical care addressing complications from neurological, orthopedic, muscular and developmental conditions. For more information visit and click on Services and Specialties.

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