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February 15, 2021
Therapeutic Effectiveness of AxioBionics®
Wearable Therapy® Pain Management System in Patients with Chronic Lower Back Pain was recently published in Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders Volume 14: 1–11
Chronic lower back pain is a common, debilitating medical condition. It often leads to loss in productivity, financial hardship, and a decrease in quality of life. Current pain relief options include narcotics, invasive surgery and/or physical therapy. These treatments are complex with cost/benefit trade-offs, contributing to the current opioid pandemic. In fact, “over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period”, according to recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The study measured significant improvements to patient activity and muscle function while wearing the AxioBionics® Wearable Therapy® Pain Management (WTPM) Systems. Unlike many conventional treatments, the WTPM System can be used independently, non-invasively, non-pharmacologically, and for any desired period of time.
Data from the study demonstrates a 60% average reduction in pain for patients during activities. The results suggest that WTPM System has the potential to provide substantial pain alleviation for patients with chronic lower back pain. 100% relief was found in 35% and 13% of patients at rest and during activities, respectively. The unique technology facilitates the rehabilitation process for the medically complex patient, and promotes better health by encouraging joint movement, muscle activation and maximization of the body’s potential. Click HERE to read the publication.
October, 7, 2020
Philip Muccio, president of AxioBionics was the recipient of the 2020 Marion (Kit) McDonnell “Closing the Divide” Award. The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Michigan and UCP of Metropolitan Detroit are recognizing Muccio for his longstanding commitment to the disability community.
Muccio is the President and Founder of the Ann Arbor-based AxioBionics. For over three decades Muccio has designed, manufactured, and fit a wide assortment of innovative medical devices that treat the effects of muscle paralysis and improve the quality of life of those with severe disabilities. Muccio is a Neuro-Prosthetist, Prosthetist-Orthotist and clinician who treats a wide array of medical conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Muccio explains, “While orthotics will always have a solid place in rehabilitation to stabilize joints, neuro-prosthetics, a technology that unleashes the vast resources of the body and promotes muscle activity, is a new frontier that frees the body in ways previously not possible”.
Their unique approach facilitates the rehabilitation process for the medically complex patient, and promotes better health by encouraging joint movement, muscle activation and maximization of the body’s potential.
Cerebral palsy, like other neurological conditions affecting the brain or spinal cord, paralyzes muscles and impairs one’s ability to move freely. Muccio’s work focuses on the limitations and complications that arise from the unnatural state of muscle paralysis to find ways to overcome them.
With more than 70 years of experience, UCP/Detroit and UCP Michigan have joined together to empower the 1.4 million Michiganders with disabilities. On Friday, October 16th they held the Mary Ann Greenawalt Annual Awards via Zoom to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of AxioBionics and others. See complete list of recipients here: https://www.mi-ucp.org/awardsluncheon
This event is named in honor of former UCP/Detroit board member Mary Ann Greenawalt who was a powerful voice in both the disability and business communities throughout Southeastern Michigan.
June 3, 2019
Crain's Health Care Heroes honors health care professionals who go above and beyond to change the lives of their patients, their institutions and the communities they serve for the better. Awardees were selected from nominations by a panel of judges, awards were given in five categories this year. An event celebrating the winners will be held in conjunction with Crain's Health Care Leadership Summit in October. Read more...
October 1, 2016
BioShortX® was designed to be the fastest and most efficient way to apply electrodes to the lower body. It has never been easy to apply individual electrodes to the lower body, especially when the recipient of muscle stimulation therapy is paralyzed. With BioShortX® caregivers do not have to lift, turn, or rotate the patient to apply or remove the garment. In a matter of a couple minutes eight electrodes can be accurately aligned and ready to go in preparation for lower body stimulation. Read more...
September 19, 2016
For the Ann Arbor, MI community, there may be a pain management and rehabilitation solution hiding in plain sight. Axiobionics is a medical device company with technology they developed to manage muscle atrophy and weakness and improve functionality, pain, and range of motion.
July 17, 2016
Barefoot! For most people, there is a limited appeal to going barefoot – and when we do choose to wear nothing on our feet – well, it’s often not even noticed. But for someone with cerebral palsy, who has always needed to wear a brace and a heavy shoe to walk, moving around barefoot is wonderful.
July 17, 2016
Drew Clayborn is a 21-year old student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a mathematical biology major, lives in a dormitory and is active in many school events. This is average for a young man Drew’s age, but Drew isn’t just an “average young man”. Rather, he is an exceptional person...
December 1, 2015
Sara Berg has been living with high levels of back and leg pain and severe muscle spasms for 8 years after a work-related accident. What's worse for Sara is pain medications cause constant nausea so she is unable to take them, while other pain treatments she has tried failed to alleviate the pain. She lost all hope for a chance to live a quality life.
The breakthrough came when Sara's orthopedic surgeon referred her to Axiobionics.
November 2, 2015
Inspiring video of a young quadriplegic living life to the fullest
Drew Clayborn is a Wearable Therapy® user and advocate. Drew began using Wearable Therapy® in 2012 and uses it 3-5 hours a day to maintain his physical condition. We stand in strong support of this young man as he demonstrates to the world that the human spirit can overcome great obstacles.
September 22, 2015
Tripleflex Now Available in Canada
We are pleased to announce that Axiobionics is now authorized to sell its Tripleflex product in Canada. We look forward to serving our neighbors to the north and will be actively seeking partners to conduct clinical evaluations for our Tripleflex product.
August 12, 2015
Axiobionics, an Ann Arbor-based medical device company, has launched a new category of devices to help improve walking in patients with paralyzed limbs. The new device also is targeted to people who don’t have proper muscle control in their hip, knee, or foot.
“There's a lot of demand for this type of product,” says Philip Muccio, president and founder of Axiobionics. Read more...
April 19, 2015
It was just a couple weeks after Jesi Stracham suffered the injury that threatened to paralyze her from the chest down that she reached out to the only other person in the world who could understand what she was going through.
On Jan. 20, the 22-year-old from near Charlotte, N.C. became the second recipient of an experimental treatment developed by Cambridge-based InVivo Therapeutics designed to help the spine heal after an accident. Read more...
November 14, 2014
Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute have implanted the world’s first scaffolding device into the spinal cord of a patient.
Performed last month, the surgery involves inserting a bioresorbable scaffolding implant to act as a bridge across the gap of the injured section of the cord in an attempt to help the spinal cord heal. Read more...
September 11, 2014
Axiobionics is an Ann Arbor-based company that designs and fits wearable electrical muscle stimulation systems for people with significant disabilities and medical problems.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation, or NMES, is the use of electrical impulses to induce a muscle contraction. This helps reduce muscle atrophy and muscle spasms and improves circulation to the extremities, and allows the body to improve and sustain itself. Read more...
May 17, 2011
Michael Cassano suffered from chronic pain in his right leg for 5 years after a work-related accident that caused massive damage to his leg. After years of intense pain, recurring infections and multiple, limb-salvaging surgeries, Cassano’s orthopedic surgeon suggested amputation to end the pain. But that did not happen; the pain, though different, was just as intense as it was before the amputation. Cassano suffered from residual limb pain, a condition which occurs in up to 74% of amputees. Read more...