Improved versions of three different types of lower body exoskeletons are in use at various rehab facilities across the United States and throughout Europe. The ReWalk has received FDA approval. The Ekso and the Indego both plan on following soon. Each manufacturer sees its product as a way for people to gain greater mobility and freedom.

Increasingly clinicians are using the devices to assist in relearning proper stepping techniques and reeducating the nervous system concerning normal walking patterns. Some therapists see them as a way to maximize the number of steps per session as opposed to other walking methods.

“We are able to get individuals with incomplete injuries up and walking. Our hope is that this may also provide the nervous system with appropriate retraining to facilitate functional recovery,” says Candy Tefertiller, Craig’s director of PT.