UK’s first spinal equipment centre opens in Leeds

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PEOPLE with spinal injuries are taking steps in the right direction after the UK’s first clinic offering patients the chance to use a bionic suit opened in Leeds.

The UK’s first ‘Ekso Centre’ opened at specialist clinic, Technology in Motion, in York Road, Whinmoor, on Thursday.

The clinic offers use of equipment that acts as a robotic skeleton, called an exoskeleton, which gives patients with spinal cord injuries and other neurological weaknesses the opportunity to stand and walk while supervised.

Test pilot David Follett, 22, from Exeter, who became wheelchair-bound following a car accident, is pictured above being helped by physios Barry Richards, left, and Andy Galbraith.

To use the equipment patients have to be cleared by a physician to ensure they have a good range of motion in all leg joints, suitable upper body strength and be comfortable with sitting balance and transfers to and from wheelchairs.

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