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TIRR Memorial Hermann believes in giving our patients access to innovative technology and medical breakthroughs that can help speed up the recovery process, while providing physiological and psychological benefits to our patients.

The NeuroRecovery Research Center serves as a place for scientists from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UTHealth to conduct studies that will optimize results for our patients.

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Rehabilitation Technology

ReWalk Exoskeleton

The ReWalk Exoskeleton is wearable technology that allows individuals with lower-limb disabilities to stand upright as well as walk and turn through battery powered hip and knee motion. The ReWalk provides both physical and psychological benefits, allowing for better pain management, fewer medications and potentially reduced hospitalizations.

The ReWalk can be used by individuals who suffer from various lower limb disabilities such as:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paraplegia
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Nexstim Stroke Case Study

TIRR Memorial Hermann is one of 12 hospitals in the United States and the only hospital in Texas participating in a national stroke trial by Nexstim.

Researchers are able to use a noninvasive device capable of mapping the human brain to deliver targeted magnetic stimulation to the brain that can suppress or enhance specific brain activity. They are then able to determine the therapeutic effects of the navigated magnetic pulses for stroke rehabilitation. Early results have opened the door to improving the quality of life for stroke survivors, offering hope to thousands of people.


The Ekso® is a user-friendly robotic exoskeleton that helps survivors of spinal cord injury and others with lower extremity weakness to regain walking function. The Ekso® provides over-ground gait training and functional-based rehabilitation.  It allows for upright, weight-bearing exercise and is intended for use in a clinic setting under the supervision of a physical therapist.

The current battery powered Ekso ® model has 3 modes:

  • FirstStep™ mode allows the physical therapist to initiate the step for the user by pushing a button
  • ActiveStep™ mode allows the user to trigger a step by pushing a button when they feel comfortable.
  • ProStep™   mode can sense by the user’s gesturing when it should take a step for them.

These modes allow the user not only to walk but also to re-learn gait patterns and weight shifts. This innovation in rehabilitation technology gives individuals with complete paralysis and minimum forearm strength the opportunity to walk and experience freedom.

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