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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 or fax referrals and clinical documentation to

888.255.3177 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What follow-up care is needed after the initial Abilitech Assist fitting?


The Abilitech Assist is designed to be fit and calibrated in a single clinical visit. Clinicians will develop a personalized plan for each individual.




How much does the Abilitech Assist device cost?


The cost of the device will depend on your insurer and your coverage. To make a specific inquiry, please contact info@abilitechmedical.com and we will assist you in this process.




Where can I acquire the Abilitech Assist device?


The Abilitech Assist is listed with the FDA and commercially available. If you or your patients are interested in trying the Abilitech Assist device, please contact info@abilitechmedical.com so we can provide you with more information and the nearest center of excellence to facilitate the trial.




How do I know if the Abilitech Assist is right for me?


Users need nominal strength in their shoulder and elbow for optimal performance. Clinically, a Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) score of a 2–3 in the shoulder and elbow is needed to benefit from the Abilitech Assist. Please contact info@abilitechmedical.com or your clinician for an assessment.




May I demo the device?


If you or your patients are interested in trying the Assist device, please contact info@abilitechmedical.com so we can provide you with more information and the nearest center of excellence to facilitate the trial.




How does the Abilitech Assist device operate?


The Abilitech Assist is an externally worn device that assists the arms in performing activities of daily living (eating, grooming, interfacing with a computer or cell phone). The device augments a user’s native arm function to provide lift assistance. To learn more or inquire about a trial, please contact info@abilitechmedical.com.




What makes the Abilitech Assist device unique?


The Abilitech Assist is the only body-worn device that provides a hybrid assist at the shoulder and elbow. Our hybrid technology uses springs, motors and software to optimize the support needed for each individual without overriding their existing function. Each patient can dynamically adjust their profile with the touch of a button to support the lifting of differrent weighted objects. The Abilitech Assist is lightweight, comfortable and easy to use.




What is the Abilitech Assist device?


The Abilitech Assist is a one-of-a-kind wearable device that supports patients with arm weakness or injury to perform functional activities of daily living. The low-profile, custom-calibrated device allows patients to use their own strength for movement of the arms.




Who benefits from the Abilitech Assist device?


The Abilitech Assist device will be indicated for users with neuromuscular weakness of the upper limbs due to injury or disease. The Abilitech Assist may be appropriate for patients with: Muscular Dystrophy(MD), Multiple Sclerosis(MS), Spinal Cord Injuries(SCI), and Stroke.





 

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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