Rex is a robotic exoskeleton designed to help paraplegics not only stand, but walk and climb stairs via an attached joystick. Rex also enables paralyzed people to stand from a sitting position without assistance. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking into using Rex’s capabilities to help those soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffering from spinal cord injuries.
The VA treats approximately 13,000 veterans with spinal cord injuries. There have been 525 soldiers diagnosed with spinal cord injuries since 2003 and 170 of those injuries came from soldiers engaged in combat.
Rex has one big improvement over other exoskeletons: the joystick. Whereas other exoskeletons require the user to have some mobility in their limbs, Rex does not. Rex is not controlled by body movements like other exoskeletons, and because of these innovations, Rex can be used by a much larger audience.
Beyond the extended mobility and psychological benefits Rex offers, it also provides health benefits for people limited by their confinement to wheelchairs. Utilizing Rex would allow users to:
- Maintain some muscle tone;
- Maintain bone density;
- Prevent kidney stones; and
- Prevent pressure sores.
Not every veteran will benefit from the exoskeleton. For those that will, however, they will likely experience a jump in their self esteem and their self image.
Learn more about Rex, the robotic exoskeleton likely to be able to help veterans suffering from spinal cord injuries.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.