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Abilitech™ Assist

Assists flexion and extension

of the elbow and shoulder.

THE FIRST POWERED ORTHOTIC DEVICE WITH SHOULDER ASSIST

 

OVERVIEW

The Abilitech Assist device is a one-of-a-kind wearable assistive device that supports patients with upper-limb weakness or injury in completing essential activities of daily living. The lightweight, comfortable and easy-to-use device enables patients to use their own strength to move their arms 

  • Patients intuitively control the movement of their arms 

  • Springs at the shoulder and elbow support the users' existing strength for smooth and natural movement of the arms

  • Custom fit: Single calibration is completed within one visit 

  • Easily adjusted for the weight of different objects with the press of a button 

  • Provides proximal stability for distal mobility 

  • Avoids complexity of myoelectric control 

  • Donning/Doffing accomplished within minutes 

 

HOW THE DEVICE WORKS

The Abilitech Assist is a powered orthotic designed to support users' functional activities of daily living. Powered by springs and motors, our hybrid system is custom calibrated to allow for independent movement to lift objects weighing up to 12 ounces. The body vest, with integrated lumbar sacral support, makes the device feel weightless and allows for extended use.

 

WHY ABILITECH ASSIST

The Abilitech Assist device is designed to support patients in activities of daily living, engaging with loved ones and their communities, and living more independently.

Key features of the Abilitech Assist device include:

  • Range of Motion 

​​The only device on the market with a powered shoulder assist to support a greater range of motion for the arm.

  • Lightweight

The slim and breathable body jacket supports the weight of the device, providing the user with extended-wear options and a "weightless" feeling.

  • Donning/Doffing

Clinician and user-friendly adjustments allow the device to be taken on and off within minutes.

  • Simple

Designed to be easily integrated into daily life. Adjustments to the device can be made quickly.

  • Wearable

When worn, the device allows users to perform functional tasks in a variety of environments (home, school, work, and in the community).

  • Independence

The primary goal of the device is to promote the independence of the user through an improvement in their ability to perform activities of daily living.

  • Hybrid

Motorized adjustment of springs support the user's natural abilities. The hybrid device is designed to empower patients to build off of their current ability to improve independent function.

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM ABILITECH ASSIST

The Abilitech Assist device will be indicated for users with neuromuscular weakness of the upper limbs due to injury or disease. Users need minimal intrinsic muscle strength in the arm to be treated. A Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) score of 2 or higher in the shoulder is required to support many key functions. The Abilitech Assist may be appropriate for patients with:

Stroke


A stroke, sometimes referred to as a brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by a clot or tear in a blood vessel.




Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.




Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)


A brachial plexus injury (BPI), also known as brachial plexus lesion, is an injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand.




Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)


Duchenne muscular dystrophy, sometimes shortened to DMD or just Duchenne, is a rare genetic disease. It primarily affects males, but, in rare cases, can also affect females. Duchenne causes the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time, and is eventually fatal. The genetic change that causes Duchenne — a mutation in the DMD gene — happens before birth and can be inherited, or new mutations in the gene can occur spontaneously.




Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.




Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)


A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs from damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal.




Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)


Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.




Muscular Dystrophy (MD)


Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In MD, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. There are many different kinds of MD.





 

REIMBURSEMENT

We are committed to supporting our customers’
 needs by providing reimbursement support to help navigate the complex healthcare insurance environment. To engage with the Abilitech Medical Reimbursement Support Team, please contact reimbursement@abilitechmedical.com 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Stroke


A stroke, sometimes referred to as a brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by a clot or tear in a blood vessel.




Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.




Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)


A brachial plexus injury (BPI), also known as brachial plexus lesion, is an injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand.




Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)


Duchenne muscular dystrophy, sometimes shortened to DMD or just Duchenne, is a rare genetic disease. It primarily affects males, but, in rare cases, can also affect females. Duchenne causes the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time, and is eventually fatal. The genetic change that causes Duchenne — a mutation in the DMD gene — happens before birth and can be inherited, or new mutations in the gene can occur spontaneously.




Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.




Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)


A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs from damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal.




Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)


Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.




Muscular Dystrophy (MD)


Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In MD, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. There are many different kinds of MD.





 

FUTURE PRODUCTS IN DEVELOPMENT

The Abilitech team has received significant grant awards to develop future products including the Abilitech Grip and Abilitech APEX. Our clinical and academic partnerships are mission critical for us to bring innovative new products to market.

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