Posts Tagged ‘handtutor’
The MediTouch system is a state of the art targeted rehabilitation system that hones in on specific therapeutic goals. Through the enjoyment and motivation of video game based rehabilitation which gives immediate feedback to the patient, the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor address the challenge of impaired movement ability. The system is used in the clinic and at home and offers motivating customized exercise practice with OT and PT support.
The system benefits patients with movement dysfunction or impaired functional activity caused by neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injury (tbi), stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. In addition the system is used for physical therapy after shoulder, elbow, hip and knee surgery.
Computer-based cognitive rehabilitation (CBCR) effective on improving cognitive function after stroke. This conclusion was reached by occupational therapists from Department of Occupational Therapy, Semyung University, Jecheon, Republic of Korea. The group publish their results in NeuroRehabilitation, 04/16/2013.
The Wii is an example of a activity promoting video game (APVG). Practice with the Wii will increase recorded pulmonary ventilation (VE), oxygen consumption (VO2) and HR in normal uninjured subjects. Published in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 04/12/2013, Gaffurini P et al show that while practicing with the Wii Spinal cord injury (SCI) patients also saw an increase in energy expenditure (EE). The Physical and occupational therapists from the Laboratory of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (LaRiN), University of Brescia, Italy conclude that APVG practice in subjects with SCI can be used to counteract deconditioning due to inactivity.
Writing in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 03/19/2013 Dr. Bolliger from Balgrist University Hospital Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich discusses the importance of active participation of patients during robotic-assisted rehabilitation. The group looked at spinal cord injury patients (SCI).
Published in JAMA Neurol. 2013 Mar Dr. Ray Dorsey, Associate Professor of Neurology, Director of the Movement Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins University concludes that web-based videoconferencing and telemedicine for the provision of specialty care at home is feasible, effective and provides value to patients, and may offer similar clinical benefit to that of in-person care in Parkinson Disease (PD). This indicates that telemedicine is feasible for other movement Disorders and neurodegenerative Diseases.
Writing in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 03/05/2013 Dr. Timmermans from Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands quotes that More than 50% of patients with upper limb paresis after stroke face long-term impaired arm function and ensuing disability in daily life.
How does movement imagery and observation improve outcomes of intensive and repetitive exercise practice
Writing in Neuropsychologia (Feb 2013) Dr. Maslovat School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada and team discuss hte mechanism by which imagery and observation of movements – covert movements involve similar motor preparation and neural pathways to overt movements or exercise practice. MediTouch is currently studying implications on how the timing of these covert movements improve movement ability outcomes of physical and occupational therapy using the HandTutor, ArmTutor and LegTutor.
Research by Dr.Plumb from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas looks at the median out-of-pocket cost for the families in the first year following a pediatric stroke. These costs not covered by health insurance include lost wages, home care, transportation costs, and hotel rooms. Lost wages was seen to account for the largest percentage of the out-of-pocket costs.