ReGrasp Bionic Glove, a medical device designed to help patients speed hand rehabilitation following a stroke or injury, is now available in the United States for patients to use at home or in a clinical setting. It uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology, which researchers suggest could help improve hand function.

“Until now, rehabilitation gloves with FES technology have only been accessible to patients in a clinical setting,” said Dr. Rahul Samant, CEO of Rehabtronics. “Our research indicates that patients regain hand use faster when using ReGrasp for continuous therapy at home and functional use everywhere.”

A prescription from a physician or qualified therapist is required to purchase ReGrasp. The ReGrasp’s FES unit is easily programable by clinicians to set up functional home exercise programs (HEP) and to help patients use the glove as a functional device to perform daily tasks.

According to home health therapist Ashley Gatewood, OTR/L, ReGrasp motivates her patients to keep striving for independence.

“The ReGrasp provides patients with the opportunity to have functional rehabilitation at their fingertips in order to improve their independence and quality of life,” she says. “This device opens the door for patients to have access to advanced technology in their home, rather than just in a clinical setting.”

ReGrasp has a thin, fitted profile that is designed to be worn all day to help with day-to-day exercises. It is operated with a discrete wireless controller that sits securely behind the ear, allowing patients to control hand function using simple head movements.

[Source(s): Rehabtronics Inc, PR Newswire]