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New technology at Baptist Health helping stroke patients

Ken Sales is using the Armeo Spring to train his body to use core movement patterns commonly used in activities of daily living. (KATV Photo)

Ken Sales never imagined he would be here.

He says, "That night about 8 o'clock, I noticed my hand was a little numb. Went to bed, woke up about 1:30 and my leg was numb. Then my wife took me to the hospital."

Ken suffered a stroke in March. It's been a physically and emotionally draining process.

He says, "Simple tasks aint simple no more...you know. When you can't do things you used to do, but it's all good. I'm getting better. It's good.

It's a heartbreaking reality for so many stroke patients, but thanks to new technology being used at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute, people like Ken are regaining movement much faster, and with improved long-term outcomes.

Occupational therapist Chris Whaley says, "Since he's been using the Armeo Spring, he's been able to lift his arm above his shoulder. He's got full grasp and release. He's started to get more forward rotation back."

The Armeo Spring is like a rehab robot. It has game-like exercises to train core movement patterns commonly used in activities of daily living..

Whaley says, "This is pushing us toward more interactive things where we're working in virtual reality in a 3d setting. It's just more real-life simulation and functional tasks."

Ken has made remarkable progress. That's thanks, in part, to this new technology and his team of doctors and therapists at Baptist Health.

Ken says, "It's been a pretty amazing recovery. I gotta work real hard, you know, but I've got a good team."

Ken Sales was one of the first patients at Baptist to undergo therapy using the Armeo Spring.

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