How the TUTORS Help TBI Victims
An article by SUSAN K. LIVIO for North Jersey.com on October 12, 2011 tells how nearly one in four injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a traumatic brain injury (tbi). This may force them to relearn and rehabilitate the most basic of functional skills including walking, talking and other everyday functional tasks.
Ron Sharp, 61 is a Vietnam veteran who is the first participant in a therapy program for New Jersey vets with traumatic brain injuries TBI. The program takes place at Bancroft NeuroHealth.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set up the $23.5 million Assisted Living-Traumatic Brain Injury pilot program and Bancroft NeuroHealth who have twenty 20 years of experience in dealing with such injuries such as TBI have won the contract in New Jersey from
Bancroft is one of the 21 nationally accredited agencies that won this three-year contract from the VA in June.
Cynthia Boyer, senior clinical director for Bancroft’s brain-injury program said that “Brain injury is … a lifelong condition.”
Physical and occupational therapy has to aim to improve a patients ability to perform functional living tasks so that they can be as independent as possible and this can be life long.
TBI accounts for 22% of all casualties and 59 percent of blast-related injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq with according to the U.S. Department of Defense, 161,025 service members having been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury from 2000 through to 2009.
When TBI occurs and recovery is progressing the Tutor system (HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor) has shown much success in rehabilitation of joint movement. The Tutor system consists of ergonomic wearable devices together with powerful dedicated rehabilitation software. The system is indicated for patients in rehabilitation centers, private clinics and the home where it can be supported by telerehabilitation. It is designed for those who have head, trunk, upper and lower extremity movement dysfunction.
The system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. Controlled exercise practice will help to prevent the development of compensatory movement patterns. The dedicated software allows the therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s sensory and motor movement ability. In addition the physical and occupational therapist can objectively and quantitatively report to their colleagues and the patient on the treatment progress. In this way the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks and improve their quality of life. PT’s and OT’s use the FDA and CE certifiedcan HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor rehabilitation system in major US and foreign rehabilitation clinics. Research has shown the efficacy of the Tutor system. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20740477