What is MyoPro?
The MyoPro is an elbow/wrist/hand orthosis which primarily helps those who suffer from neuromuscular damage and have difficulty moving their limbs and maintaining normal day to day functions. This specifically designed arm orthosis can detects weak muscle signals and activates a small motor to move the arm in the desired direction. The user is complete control of their arm’s movement at all times.
The MyoPro’s weight and sleek structure allow a user to perform daily activities without being constricted and bothered. With the help of a MyoPro, an individual who recently suffered from a stroke, has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can be helped to maintain a normal lifestyle and conduct tasks independently.
How do I know if I qualify for a MyoPro?
The MyoPro is a lightweight, portable arm orthosis that supports weak muscles or muscles with neuromuscular damage. If you have experienced weak or immobile limbs from conditions such as ALS, MS, Stroke, Traumatic Brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, or Spinal Cord Injury, it is highly likely that you will qualify.
How does the orthosis work?
The MyoPro uses technology that can detect very weak muscle signals. These muscles are often not strong enough to move one’s arm on their own. When the MyoPro detects these signals, the orthosis assists the user in moving his or her arm. By using non-invasive skin sensors, the orthosis can help an individual successfully gain back arm mobility.
Does the MyoPro use electrical stimulation?
No, the MyoPro does not work from electrical stimulation but uses sensors to read the nerve signals sent from the brain intended for arm movement. In this way, our orthosis provides people with neuromuscular damage their missing link, which is their arm’s ability to register the damaged signals that the brain is firing.
I have a pacemaker, can I still use the device?
Yes. The MyoPro will not affect your pacemaker’s functionality.
What part of the arm does the MyoPro assist with movement?
The orthosis is designed centrally around the elbow but positions the wrist and hand specifically to each individual. This structure allows for flexibility at the wrist so that the user can pronate and supinate if they have that ability.
Will I be able to gain mobility in my hand?
Technically speaking, the MyoPro focuses more directly on restoring movement in the elbow region. That being said, the orthosis can come equipped with a customizable hand grip and tailored for specific uses like holding silverware.
Does the orthosis provide mobility for the shoulder?
If an individual needs added support to the shoulder area, that is something that can be discussed with Chris when getting fit for their MyoPro. Even though the design of the MyoPro is centralized around elbow movement it is important for patients to understand that the orthosis should not discontinue the use of an exercise therapy or rehabilitation program. Working with a therapist on building strength along side the use of the MyoPro, in our opinion, will provide maximum results.
Does having spasticity negate my chances of using the MyoPro?
Not necessarily. Spasticity does play into effect but it largely depends on the patient’s understanding of the MyoPro technology. The mode and setting of the device can allow patients to turn off overactive muscles via biofeedback. Individuals with moderate spasticity will usually learn how to control and relax their muscle tone after an extended period of time with the orthosis. For those with severe spasticity, it is recommended that they look into alternative forms of treatment as there is a higher risk of overworking the nerves.
What if my arm is “flaccid” and unable to move at all, can I still use the MyoPro?
That is something that will be determined by a medical screening at Lake Prosthetics. In order for patients to qualify to use the MyoPro, they need to have tested with a minimum of a Grade 1 muscle signal as determined by the Manual Muscle Test.
Will insurance cover my MyoPro?
Insurance coverage is determined on an individual basis. Chris Lake and his team can help determine if you qualify and how to navigate through the reimbursement process. In order to qualify, you must first be screened to determine if the MyoPro is a right fit. If that is the case, we will help you contact your insurance provider and complete the process required by your insurance company.
What technology does the MyoPro use and where is it found?
MyoPro uses the myoelectric sensing technology that was first introduced for powering prosthetic limbs back in 1959. Because of the technology’s mature state, this sort of technology is commercially available and used in many orthotics.
What would make me a good candidate for MyoPro?
Traceable muscle signals in bicep and/or tricep
Full passive range of motion at the elbow
Ability to follow simple 3-step commands/directions
Patients with tone in their muscle
Limited to no spasticity in the limb
Who should not consider MyoPro?
Shoulder dislocation (Subluxation is okay but needs to be assessed by a clinician)
Inability to tolerate additional 2.75 pounds of weight (weight of orthotic) on the affected arm without pain
Contracture at elbow or Modified Ashworth score of 4
- Unable to follow simple 3-step commands/directions
Let’s discuss how the MyoPro may help you!