Tutor System Can Augment Proposed Medication

The Sacramento Bee on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 published an article on Avanir Pharmaceuticals on the pseudobulbar affect (PBA) prevalence data from stroke survivors . This information was highlighted  in Atlanta, GA. at the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) together with the American Society for Neurorehabilitation Medicine (ASNR).
Following are details about the data presentation at / Progress in Rehabilitation Research:
Firstly, what is PBA?
PBA is characterized by involuntary, sudden, and frequent episodes of crying and/or laughing and is secondary to a variety of otherwise unrelated neurological conditions including  neurological disease or brain injury, stroke or traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients suffering from existing  may also suffer the added burden of pseudobulbar affect, or PBA.  PBA outbursts are not related to the patients emotional state.
The research shows that the dose and timing of Avanir’s proposed medication to counteract PBA can augment functional gain of physiotherapy.
The HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor or Tutor system has been proven effective as a physical therapist’s tool for patients recovering from brain and spinal cord injury, MS, ALS and other debilitating diseases.
The HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor are innovative motion capture gloves and arm and leg braces that implement an impairment oriented training based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive and repetitive exercises. Intensive exercise practice is the physical and occupational therapists tool to improve the patients sensory, motor and cognitive movement ability. The  HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor use movement feedback and dedicated rehabilitation games to to make sure that the exercises performed by the stroke, spinal cord, Cerebral palsy, or patients after orthopedic surgery and trauma are challenging and motivating to the patient. This is because, the physiotherapist or occupational therapist can tailor the repetitive exercises to the patient’s exercise performance ability. Currently part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. and foreign hospitals the Tutors are also used in clinics and at home through the use of innovative  telerehabilitation using the internet.

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