Bioness devices are clinically proven with the ability to increase range of motion and reduce the risk of falls, while improving confidence and independence.1,2
I'm fortunate enough to own two legs adorned with feet and all the ornaments necessary for an ambulatory life (knees, toes, calves, ligaments, muscles, ankles - Did I miss anything?). I also have an incredibly strong desire to move. I've spent a ridiculous amount of cash trying alternative methods of drop foot treatment, marking me as an obvious sucker in finding a cure.
I don't normally proceed without a lengthy review of said product and I think that's what really gets my goat. I don't have money to throw around on purchases, so believe the sincerity of my desire to take a walk. I don't mean a few miles on the Appalachian Trail (although, that was a goal at one time in my life). I want to stroll through my neighborhood without face-planting on the pavement or make it to the bathroom without having an "accident".
I'm willing to do just about anything to achieve my goal.
As of yet, in my research, I have found a device that could probably solve my needs. Unfortunately, the insurance refuses to seriously consider the time and effort put into the document(s) of application for coverage of the Bioness Go, a device that uses FES to motivate the leg muscles to obey the brain's message to MOVE.
Twice in twenty years, I have actively advocated for my acquisition of a funded Bioness device. So far, I am told there is no scientific evidence that FES is helpful in discouraging muscle atrophy while exciting those muscles into action.
So, why is the Bioness Go advertised as the solution to foot drop?
One could argue the merits of FES all they want, but it works! I've test-driven two models over the years and feel like Santa took away my stocking both times when my insurance refused to believe the validity of the device.
Hey, people who control insurance policies, FES is an electric current. This electric current is proven to wake up and activate muscles in an atrophied state.
It works and I am determined to wake up the keepers of the purse strings in supporting the affordable acquisition of an FES device.
Electrical Stimulation Misconceptions Debunked
L300 Go Lower Cuff
Okay, Monday rant over. Since FES is still available to me via physical therapy, I need to get gussied up for my PT appointment and some time hooked up to the Tens machine. It's electric!
Remember this throwback?
Have a great week,
Lisa, Lady with the Cane