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Indego® Clinical Trial at Sheltering Arms
Impact of Gait Training with an Exoskeleton on Walking Function after Spinal Cord Injury

The Indego®, in development at Parker Hannifin Corporation, is a robotic device that allows people with paraplegia and other mobility-limiting conditions to stand and walk. The device is being tested in clinical trials at select rehabilitation centers across the United States, including Sheltering Arms.

Clinical Trial Volunteers Needed

Deciding to participate in a clinical research project is a significant personal decision. It is important to understand how clinical research projects are structured and what to expect as a participant before enrolling. Learn more.

If, after reviewing this information, you are interested in participating in the Indego clinical trial at Sheltering Arms:

Register Here

Submitting your information electronically does not obligate you to enroll in the trial.

Once you have completed the registration process, please rest assured that we have received your information. Due to the volume of submissions, the Indego team is not able to contact each registrant. If you are selected for evaluation, a member of our team will contact you directly.

If you are interested in learning more about how Sheltering Arms can help you outside of this clinical trial, please give us a call at 804-764-1000. We are happy to help!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the clinical trial?
Primary criteria for participation in Indego® trial are listed below.

  • Weight less than 250 pounds
  • Height from 5’1″ to 6’3″
  • No tightness in hips, knees or ankles
  • No evidence of osteoporosis
  • Ability to ambulate about 40 feet with assistance and assistive devices without getting dizzy
  • Ability to arrange and pay for all transportation and housing during the testing period. Length of testing periods will be about four weeks.
  • Not currently participating in physical therapy for gait training

Please note that additional criteria must also be met for enrollment, and some participants – including those injured for more than one year – may require additional testing to determine bone health. If you are selected as a candidate, these criteria will be addressed in a physical therapy evaluation prior to the initiation of the trials.

If I am selected to continue with the Indego study following my physical therapy evaluation, when would I begin?
Training using the Indego device will begin immediately for participants included in the study. You will be expected to attend one-hour sessions, three days a week, for four weeks.

Do I have to have a spinal cord injury to be considered for the trial?

Is it necessary to have been a previous Sheltering Arms patient? 

Can I use the Indego if I have a Baclofen pump, insulin pump, supra-pubic tube, foley catheter tubing, condom catheter tubing or abdominal feeding tube?

Will there be financial compensation for participating in the study?
Participants do not receive financial compensation. If selected, you will be responsible for all travel and housing expenses during the training.

Is there more information available about the study and/or device?
To learn more about this study or device, visit www.Indego.com.

I have a question. Can I contact someone?
Yes! Click here to email Amber Devers, PT, DPT, NCS, study coordinator for the Indego clinical trial at Sheltering Arms. Please use this email for specific questions only. If you would like to be considered for the trial, you must complete the online registration form.