Tutor System Important Tool in Post TBI Therapy

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  •  Zak Koeske writing in the Fairlawn Patch on October 9, 2011 reported about TBI survivor Jane Concato who discusses her own experience dealing with brain injury.
    About seven years ago Jane Concato rose out of bedearly in the morning in her Westwood home and headed downstairs however she slipped and her fall changed her life forever.
    Concato’s husband, Joe, heard the fall and immediately arose to see what had happened. He found found his wife unconscious, squeezed up against the front door. Jane’s fall fractured her skull and bruised  both her right and left temporal lobes leaving her in a coma at Hackensack Hospital for 3 weeks. Thus began Jane and her families life dalin with the effects of brain injury. Jane’s family were told by doctors to prepare for Jane not being able to learn to walk and talk again and just be prepared.
    Concata came out of a coma and underwent physcial and occupational rehabilitation therapy at Kessler rehabilitation centre in New jersey.
     Concato like many people didn’t know much about TBI traumatic brain injury pre fall. .
    The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey said that 12,000 – 15,000 of the 1.4 million Americans who suffer traumatic brain injuries annually are from New Jersey. BIANJ also estimates that  175,000 New Jersey residents live with the effects of TBI.
    During recovery for TBI patients are heavily involved in physiotherapy. One of the newest methods to enable them to improve functional outcomes in their rehabilitation is through the use of the Tutor system.
    The Tutor system, consisting of the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor, has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the whole body including the upper and lower extremity. The system consists of ergonomic wearable devices including a glove and arm and leg brace. These devices use dedicated rehabilitation software that provide patient instructions and feedback to encourage intensive massed controlled exercise practice which is the basic principle behing physical and occupational therapy manual exercise practice. The Tutor system allows for controlled exercise of multijoints within the normal movement pattern which prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and ensures better performance of functional tasks. Additional features of the Tutor system include quantitative evaluation, objective follow up and tele-rehabilitation.
    The new medical devices are available for children as well as adults and through the use of telerehabilitation and are FDA and CE certified.

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