The Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital in Jerusalem has acquired a cutting-edge device for rehabilitation, developed at NASA. The device is the first of its kind in Israel and allows for incredible therapeutic options for patients who have been injured in their legs.
The device works by allowing patients to step slightly and be carried in the air by air that flows from below. This enables them to start putting weight on their foot in a measured and supervised manner almost immediately after surgery. This has led to much faster rehabilitation progress for patients with leg injuries.
The device, purchased with a donation from Hadassah International Israel, has been used to rehabilitate various types of injuries that have led to a limitation or prevention of walking, such as muscle weakness or balance problems. It has also been used for sports injuries and is even used by top-class athletes.
One patient, Dvir, who was operated on his leg due to a pedicle injury, used the device to return to walking in a normal way. He mentioned that during treatment on the device, he felt like he was walking like before the injury, and that the device helps him feel like he’s on the way to walking with both feet independently.
Professor Schwartz noted that Dvir’s determination and desire to move forward is an inspiration to everyone around him. The hospital is excited about the new therapeutic options that the device provides and is looking forward to helping more patients with their rehabilitation.