New Indian TBI Rehab Clinic and the HandTutor ArmTutor – Tutor System
Dr. Heechin Chae, chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury Department at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia has been chosen to establish a traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinic with The Pocasset Pokanoket Tribe.
Dr. Chae has had some successful outcomes as medical director at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts since 2008. Dr. Chae often treats caregivers and families of soldiers, veterans, as well as athletes.
Beginning in southeastern Massachusetts, the Pocassets intend to open post acute rehabilitation therapy clinics for TBI patients,with new and innovative interdisciplinary new technology, high touch, high repetition approaches to rehabilitation. The clinics will care for 100 patients and be located near and around major population centers.
It has been suggested that Dr. Chae include the newly developed TUTOR system- HandTutor, ArmTutor and LegTutor into the list of therapeutic tools used in the treatment program for brain injury.
Occupational and physical therapists use the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR – -known as the TUTOR system as a manual therapy tool to help them with their rehabilitative work.
The TUTOR system has shown much success in rehabilitation of joint movement. The newly developed TUTORS consist of ergonomic wearable devices. The HANDTUTOR is a glove for hand therapy and the ARMTUTOR is an arm brace for elbow and shoulder rehabilitation. The LEGTUTOR is a leg brace for leg and hip treatment. The system is indicated for patients who have suffered TBI, a stroke, SCI, CP, MS, Parkinson’s disease and other mobility restraining illnesses. It is used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists 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 accompanying software system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. The dedicated rehabilitation software allows the physical and occupational therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement and cognitive ability. In addition, the OT and PT can make objective follow up and reports on their patient’s progress. Rehabilitation aims to optimize the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve their quality of life (HRQOL). The TUTORS are certified by the FDA and CE. See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.