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Old 07-11-2014, 10:42 AM
earth2mac earth2mac is offline
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Wink bioness vs walkaide or alternative?

Looking into getting a device, but both real expensive and not covered from insurance. Both i tried and seem to work a little, but don't want to jump in to pay all that $, and possibly looking at a cheaper alternative in meantime. There are other ems devices much cheaper out there to use, but not sure which are good. Anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:48 AM
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I use this. I didn't like the electrodes.

http://www.musmate.co.uk/
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:08 PM
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I'm in the same boat & am thinking this may be an option for myself.

What I've learned thus far, is Bioness will let you demo for 1 - 2 weeks for free; and the cost is "supposed" to include a year of supplies.

Walkaide costs $300 to demo, and this is applied to purchase of product.

Physical Therapist I'm working with says the Bioness would possibly be a better option with regard to moving side to side; where as both would do forward/backward about the same.

Also have to take into account comfort, price, etc.

There may be a Grant available from an MS organization but I have not yet started that search.

Luck to you.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:01 AM
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Default I have the Walkaide. The problem with Bioness device is...

The Bioness device has a part that you have to hold in your hand . I knew right away that I would lose it! The Walkaide is less sleek but it is all one piece.

Also, my insurance paid for it AFTER rejecting payment. The Walkaide company had lawyers working on the appeal and all I did was sign papers they sent in the mail.

I had PPO, BC/BS of Connecticut. Their rejection was overruled and they were ordered by some department in CT government that controls insurance company.
This was all about five years ago.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:35 PM
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Good to hear you got that denial overturned, MSLazarus. Hope the WalkAide is treating you well.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:40 PM
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Default Bioness L300

Unfortunately and $6000 later, I have not had good results at all with the Bioness L300 system. The customer support has been dismal and, I hate to post these negative reviews but, if it saves just one person from having to go through what I have been through with Bioness, it is worth it. Once they sold me the product, they would have me go 20 miles away from where I live for adjustments. I have disabilities and Multiple Sclerosis and this was not an easy task for me. I finally gave up going and they refused to meet me anywhere closer for any further adjustments. Please don't make the mistake I made, research the reviews THOROUGHLY, before buying this system. The time frame for which to return it expired due to all the back and forth with the adjustments and they will not refund a penny. I am still paying $355 a month for a product that did not work for me and the company is heartless - they do not care - they take your money and turn their back on you. I am disabled with very low income and this has been a HUGE sacrifice for something I am not getting use out of.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:41 PM
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Unfortunately and $6000 later, I have not had good results at all with the Bioness L300 system. The customer support has been dismal and, I hate to post these negative reviews but, if it saves just one person from having to go through what I have been through with Bioness, it is worth it. Once they sold me the product, they would have me go 20 miles away from where I live for adjustments. I have disabilities and Multiple Sclerosis and this was not an easy task for me. I finally gave up going and they refused to meet me anywhere closer for any further adjustments. Please don't make the mistake I made, research the reviews THOROUGHLY, before buying this system. The time frame for which to return it expired due to all the back and forth with the adjustments and they will not refund a penny. I am still paying $355 a month for a product that did not work for me and the company is heartless - they do not care - they take your money and turn their back on you. I am disabled with very low income and this has been a HUGE sacrifice for something I am not getting use out of.
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