HandTutor, ArmTutor and LegTutor – The Tutor System an Important Therapy Tool for TBI recovery

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On September 27, 2011 in Stock Markets Review.com data was published that said according to the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injury (tbi) each year. As we know, many of these injuries result from auto and car accidents.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may occur if a person receives a hit or blow to the head or is involved in sudden acceleration or deceleration. Alternatively the injury may occur if the patient suffers a penetrating injury to the head. In other cases the brain may be pushed into the interior of the skull due to impact or sudden changes in speed which damages delicate brain tissue.

TBI can is categorized from mild to severe. Mild TBI, may be referred to as concussion and is usually temporary with no long term consequences on task function. This is opposed to severe TBI that has serious consequences on the patients ability to function independently. The statistic according to the Centers for Disease Control show that 75 % of TBIs are classified as mild.

According to Jonathan Lifshitz the assistant professor of the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center’s Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center some TBI’s are referred to as the “silent epidemic,” which describes TBI’s that  occur without outward signs of damage and their injuries have serious health consequences but are not easily observable.

Long term rehabilitation following TBI includes medication, physical and occupational rehabilitation therapy and cognitive rehabilitative training. 

A (TBI) traumatic brain injury may require a lifetime of rehabilitative training for sufferers. When TBI occurs and recovery is progressing the Tutor system (HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor) has shown much success in rehabilitation of joint movement. The HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor or 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 Tutor system motivates the patient to do repetitive intensive exercise practice. Physiotehrapists and occupational therapists (OT) use the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor as part of their manual therapy exercise practice program in order to motivate their patients with 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 physical therapist (PT) and OT to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. In addition the therapist can objectively and quantitatively evaluate and report on the treatment progress. The rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks to improve their quality of life. The Tutor system – HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor is FDA and CE certified.


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