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Ekso may be used in people who have had a stroke. The risk of stroke increases with age and is also higher in men and people of African and Caribbean family origin (Wang 2013). Ekso is also contraindicated for people less than 5 feet 2 inches or more than 6 feet 2 inches tall, people who weigh more than 100 kg (220 pounds) and pregnant women. Age, disability, race, pregnancy and sex are also protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
Ekso can only be used by people with enough strength in their arms to use crutches. Because of this, people with weak or paralysed arms will not be able to use the device.