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Kernan Hospital Is First Hospital in Maryland to Offer L300™ Plus

Foot Drop System Assists Some in Walking

Baltimore, MD (June 21, 2012) - Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is the first hospital in Maryland to provide a device that can assist some people in walking. In keeping with utilizing high-tech devices to assist patients with their rehabilitation, Kernan recently acquired the Bioness L300™ Plus, a medical device recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Designed for many of the people who are recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or have MS, the high-tech device provides programmed, low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves controlling the muscles of the leg and to aid with walking. Many of these people develop foot drop or thigh weakness after their illness or injury. The L300™ Plus device contains a thigh cuff that helps to provide better control over bending and straightening the knee, to help users walk more naturally. The L300™ Plus System may also re-educate muscles, reduce muscle loss, maintain or improve range of motion, and increase local blood circulation.

Clinical studies show that early use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) may provide optimal benefits of functional recovery. The NESS L300™ Foot Drop System is designed to help patients achieve new levels of physical independence and productivity.

The L300™ Plus System's wireless components adapt to changes in walking speed and terrain, allowing the user to walk more easily on stairs, grass and carpet. Comfortably worn under most clothing, the system's design may help eliminate the need for a rigid knee-ankle-foot orthosis, or braces and may reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

About Kernan Hospital

A 132-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic hospital, Kernan offers inpatient and outpatient surgery in a variety of specialties, including total joint replacement, sports injuries, scoliosis, and neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries, as well as plastic surgery, dental surgery and trauma reconstruction, for children and adults. Kernan's William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center provides the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders. Kernan is also the home of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Kernan operates an outpatient center in Woodlawn, for comprehensive orthopaedic services, physical therapy and sports medicine for professional and college athletes as well as "weekend warriors."