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ActiveArm and ActiveLeg program

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Frequently asked questions

How does it work?

ActiveArm and ActiveLeg stimulate muscles through repetitive electrode pulses. The electrodes deliver electric pulses directly to the muscles through a computer that has been programmed to give the right amount of stimulation to the arm or leg.

Lightweight and easy to use, ActiveLeg uses a small sensor to detect when the patient’s heel hits the ground. It signals a nerve stimulator wrapped around the leg just below the knee, which contracts the muscles that pull up the foot. The result is increased stability and a more natural step, decreasing the effects of foot drop.

ActiveArm works in a similar way, using electrodes inside a custom-fitted brace on the lower arm to stimulate and activate the hand. With regular treatment, ActiveArm patients have seen increased movement, including the ability to grasp and release objects such as hairbrushes and drinking glasses and some were even able to feed themselves.

What are the benefits?

ActiveArm works to stimulate and reactivate the hand. Benefits may include:

  • Increased hand function
  • Muscle re-education
  • Reduced spasticity
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased local blood circulation
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Reduced swelling
  • Improved hand posture

ActiveLeg offers numerous benefits for patients. Benefits may include:

  • Decreased foot drop/improving the ability to walk
  • Increased stability and balance
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Reduced swelling
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased local blood circulation
  • The device is portable and attractive

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone with foot drop related to or caused by a stroke or brain injury
  • Anyone experiencing difficulty using their hand after a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury
  • People with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy
  • Anyone with a neurological injury affecting hand or leg movement

Call (701) 323-6197 today for more information about the ActiveArm and ActiveLeg programs.

Can I just try the device or do I have to buy it?

You are not required to purchase an H200 or an L300 to receive therapy. Sanford Health owns several models of both devices and offers inpatient and outpatient therapy using them. Therapists will make recommendations if you might benefit from owning a device to increase wearing time. 

Can I receive therapy with both devices on the same day?

Yes. You can make separate appointments for arm (occupational therapy) and leg (physical therapy) treatment on the same day.

What is foot drop?

Foot drop is a condition where the muscles in the foot are too weak to properly lift the foot and toes while walking. Foot drop is often present in persons who have conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

What is FES?

Functional electonic stimulation (FES) applies low-level stimulation to specific parts of the body to help restore function. The NESS L300 uses non-invasive surface stimulation to help improve your ability to walk normally again.

Can the ActiveArm and ActiveLeg be used with children?

The devices are usually too large for young children, but may fit adolescents. For more information on sizing and fitting, call Sanford Rehabilitation Center at (701) 323-6197.

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