Lifeward is your proven medical technology partner, providing groundbreaking rehabilitation solutions that empower you in your pursuit to assist patients in achieving their goals and pursuing their life’s passions through improved functional and health outcomes. Our portfolio of solutions spans the continuum of care from the clinic to the community, and supports clinicians with tools to elevate the standard of care for individuals with physical limitations or disabilities.
- Our technologies are backed by strong clinical evidence that supports integration into rehabilitation episodes of care as well as long-term wellness plans for improved.
- At Lifeward, our dedicated Personal Care Teams support your efforts to advocate for patients by providing resources and support to help patients access the life-changing technologies they need and deserve.
- Contact your local Lifeward representative to learn more so that you and your patients can experience the value of our technology as part of your decision-making process.
Adding the ReWalk program to our capabilities in 2017 has greatly improved our ability to service the needs of the spinal cord injured community in our area.
Dan Bonaroti, PT, MPT
Owner, Touchstone Rehabilitation
Personal Care Team
Lifeward is your partner through the evaluation, trial, training process, reimbursement support and beyond, with dedicated care team members for each step of the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton has been assigned to the Medicare brace benefit category as of January 1, 2024. It is covered by Medicare where reasonable and necessary. The reasonable and necessary determination is made based on the beneficiary’s particular factual circumstances, as described in the medical record.
Studies and user surveys have shown that regular exoskeleton assisted walking programs result in a range of health benefits for people with spinal cord injuries.2,3,4,5,6
- Improved Spasticity
- Improved Trunk Control
- Improved Quality of Life
- Improved Mental Health
- Improved Circulation
- Improved Pain Management
- Improved Bowel and Bladder Function
When electrical stimulation is used to help someone do something functional, we call it Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). FES is used to help people with paralysis caused by neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. It can also help people with muscle weakness after surgery like knee replacement.
The benefits of FES include:
- Relaxing muscle spasms
- Preventing muscle atrophy
- Increasing local blood circulation
- Maintaining or increasing range of motion
The ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb and descend stairs. The system provides user-initiated mobility through the integration of a wearable brace support, a computer-based control system and motion sensors. The system allows independent, controlled walking while mimicking the natural gait patterns of the legs. The ReWalk technology is designed for every day use at home, at work, and in the community.
ReStore Exo-Suit Indications For Use
The ReStore is intended to be used to assist ambulatory functions in rehabilitation institutions under the supervision of a trained therapist for people with hemiplegia/hemiparesis due to stroke who can ambulate at least 1.5m (5 ft) with no more than minimal to moderate levels of assistance. The trained therapist must successfully complete a training program prior to operating the device. The device is not intended for sports or stair climbing.
ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton Indications for Use (USA)
The ReWalk® Personal Exoskeleton fits to the lower limbs and part of the upper body and is intended to enable individuals with spinal cord injury at levels T7 to L5 to perform ambulatory functions in home and community settings with supervision of a specially certified companion in accordance with the User assessment and training certification program. The device is also intended to enable individuals with spinal cord injury at levels T4 to T6 to perform ambulatory functions in rehabilitation institutions in accordance with the User assessment and training certification program. The ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton is intended for indoor and outdoor use: including standing and walking on level surfaces and mild slopes, and ascending and descending stairs and curbs.
ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton Indications for Use (EU)
The ReWalk® Personal Exoskeleton is intended for orthotic fitting of the lower limbs and part of the upper body to enable people with lower limb disabilities to perform routine ambulatory functions in an urban terrain (stand, walk on level surfaces and mild slopes, ascend and descend stairs). The ReWalk is not intended for sports or aggressive use.
In a recent poll of US-based ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton users who did not currently have access to stair function in their exoskeleton, nearly 80% reported that having that access would result in an increase of the number of places they could access and an anticipated frequency in device use. The addition of stair and curb functionality to the ReWalk personal exoskeleton allows users to walk more frequently and in more locations, enabling more opportunities to achieve and maintain the clinical and wellness benefits associated with functional ambulation.
- Gorman et al., J Clin Med (2021)
- Duddy et al., Sensors (2021)
- Shackleton et al., J Rehab Med (2019)
- Juszczak et al., Topics Spin Cord Inj Rehab (2018)
- Faulkner et al., Journ Spinal Cord Med (2021)