• First evidence from multiple sessions of exercises with REX
  • Significant reduction in pain

The findings of a case report presented at the annual meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society, “ANZCoS”, (Adelaide, Australia; 16-18 November, 2016).

Gilly Davy, Senior Neurological Physiotherapist and Clinical Director of Connect Neuro Physiotherapy, Auckland, New Zealand presented her evaluation of the practical clinical use of the REX, utilising the dynamic exercise treatment branded as “REXERCISES”, by reference to a case report.

The participant, a 35-year-old male, had a complete T5 spinal cord injury from a traumatic accident in 2006. He has been living an independent lifestyle from his wheelchair since then but has suffered with chronic right shoulder, neck and thoracic spine pain with intermittent headaches for the past two years.

The participant completed once a week exercise regime in the REX over a 10 week period. The results demonstrated a significant improvement – with a complete resolution of headaches and neck pain and a significant reduction in shoulder and thoracic pain. The Numeric Pain Rating (NPR) scale improved significantly – with “current pain” reducing from 4/10 to 2/10 and “worst pain” reducing from 9/10 to 4/10.

Significant improvement was also recorded in The Goal Attainment Score (GAS) and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) – see “Further Data” below.

Up to 80% of people living with a spinal cord injury suffer from shoulder, neck and back pain.

Gilly Davy’s presentation concluded “Standing, while completing upper body rehabilitation and strengthening in a stand-alone robotic exercise device, can significantly enhance neck and shoulder pain management and improve quality of life – highlighting that robotic exercise devices can offer a range of rehabilitation opportunities.”

Crispin Simon, Chief Executive of Rex Bionics commented: “This case report is the first time that the results of a comprehensive, multi-week programme of REX treatment have been presented at a scientific conference; and is in line with the feedback that we get from patients – that exercising with REX can offer reduced pain and improved sleep.”