Tutors Accelerate Therapy Treatment Following Stroke

The following are important facts from the National Stroke Association:
Thrombolytics (fibrinolytic) drugs help reestablish blood flow to the brain by dissolving  clots, which block blood flow. In June, 1996, the “clot-buster” Activase® (Alteplase recombinant) became the first acute ischemic stroke treatment to be approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Activase is also known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). The guidelines say that to be effective, thrombolytic therapy should be given as quickly as possible.
tPA is an enzyme found naturally in the body that converts, or activates, plasminogen into another enzyme to dissolve a blood clot. It may also be used in an IV by doctors to speed up the dissolving of a clot. tPA should be given within three hours of symptom onset. It is important for people to understandstroke warning signs and get to a hospital FAST in case they are eligible to receive tPA. Time is an important factor associated with determining whether a patient can receive it or not.
The results of a five-year trial, conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) found that carefully selected stroke patients who received Activase within three hours of the beginning of stroke symptoms were at least 33 percent more likely than patients given a placebo to recover from their stroke with little or no disability after three months. The most common complication associated with Activase is brain hemorrhage. However, studies have shown that tPA does not increase the death rate of stroke patients when compared with placebo.
The newly developed Tutor system (HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor) is foremost amongst the primary rehabilitation devices for post stroke recovery.
These innovative devices are used for TBI, SCI, Parkinson’s, CP, limb and joint surgery, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, shoulder pain, locked joints and other disabilities. The Tutors implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback. They encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises. These exercises are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive training tailored to the patient’s performance. The system also includes objective quantitative evaluations that provide the therapist information to customize the most suitable rehabilitation program to the patient’s ability. Currently part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. as well as  foreign hospitals the Tutors that consist HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor are also used in clinics and at home. Home care patients can benefit from physiotherapists and occupational therapists using the Tutor system to support their patients recovery through one to one telerehabilitation.

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