ArmTutor, HandTutor and legTutor systems used in inpatient and outpatient to treat Apraxia

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In the April edition of Neurorehabilitation Dr. Vanbellingen and Dr. Bohlhalter from the Departments of Neurology and Clinical Research, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland define Apraxia as a higher-order motor disorder impairing the ability to correctly perform skilled, purposive movements as the result of neurological disorders most commonly stroke, dementia and movement disorders. It is increasingly recognised that apraxia negatively influences activities of daily living (ADL). Early diagnosis and treatment should be part of the neurorehabilitation programme. In their article they describe the most important subtypes of apraxia such as ideational and ideomotor apraxia as well as their impact on ADL and outcome. Furthermore, the relationship to associated disorders such as aphasia is discussed. Finally, strategies concerning assessment, management and treatment of the disorder are presented.
The HandTutor, ArmTutor system improve arm and hand functional ability and quality of life. The LegTutor system is used in inpatient and outpatient to treat knee and hip movement ability.

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