GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Portage woman is the first person in Michigan to receive a new biomedical device called the Kickstart Kinetic Device.
The Kickstart has no batteries or electronics, but instead uses springs to help patients walk again. Lisa Curtis, who requires walking sticks because of multiple sclerosis, was searching for a device that would help her get back her mobility.
"It is all mechanical; it's a spring-loaded kind of thing they can adjust it to help me with as much of my walking as I want," says Curtis. "I am hoping I will be able to get rid of those sticks and I will be able to walk normally, and I will be able to walk out of the device that is my hope."
After some adjustments from doctors at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and some quick steps with her walking sticks, Lisa was able to walk a bit without her sticks. The Kickstart was able to help her take longer strides with the goal to strengthen the leg and reduce the need for sticks over time.
The Kickstart became available in late 2012 and has been helping patients with a multitude of conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, and partial spinal cord injuries walk again.