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The walk of life at Methodist Hospital • Brooklyn Paper

The walk of life at Methodist Hospital

Manuel Wilfred, chief of physical therapy, works with a patient on the new Lokomat robot at New York Methodist Hospital.

Park Slope

Do the Lokomat!

Ever on the edge of breakthrough treatments, New York Methodist Hospital is again at the forefront of robotic medicine — this time with Robotic Assisted Rehabilitation. The new system, dubbed Lokomat, helps patients recover from spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s. The robot, in conjunction with a trained therapist, targets walking and gait by exercising the hips, legs, knees and ankles. Now the powers that be didn’t want Lokomat to be alone, so the good hospital acquired the Armeo, a robot that targets the upper body, and increases mobility in the arms and fingers of patients who have experienced neurological illness. “Patients enjoy the feeling of success in therapy,” Occupational Therapy chief Norma Rossi told Standing O. “They get immediate and constant feedback from the machine and from our therapists.” That’s what Standing O is talking about — immediate and constant feedback.

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 780-3248].

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