Rehabilitation at St Luke’s Hospital, with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, helps patients regain their ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as balance and walking, feeding, speech and toileting, eg after stroke, operation and amputation. Rehabilitation, whether as inpatients or outpatients, also helps to restore functional ability or delay deterioration due to disease and ageing.

Our “high tech, high touch” approach helps patients recover. St Luke’s Hospital is the first hospital in Singapore with the G-EO System, with electrical stimulation to help patients regain their ability to walk.

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Using exoskeletons to improve mobility

Henry Tan was an avid sportsman, till congenital muscular dystrophy weakened his muscles and affected his walking. He used mainly one side of his body to move himself forward, a way he found to compensate his limitations. When Henry suffered a stroke in October last year, his ability to walk was severely impaired and he was greatly discouraged. He was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital for recovery.

“I walk with a hunch and my wife will scold me. But when I tried to stand tall, I will fall. I really do,” said Henry, 66. His therapists informed him of a new technology that might be helpful to his progress and invited him to be the amongst the first batch of trial patients.

St Luke’s Hospital is one of the partners in the Temasek Foundation – Improving Mobility via Exoskeletons (iMOVE) programme. The exoskeleton helps patients who have had conditions such as stroke and spinal cord injury, walk independently. It is also able to give immediate feedback to the physiotherapist so that they can adjust patients’ walking pattern immediately.