LegTutor Maximizes Success in Orthopedic Therapy

Dr.Michael C. Munin etal from the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. writing in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association discussthat inpatient rehabilitation after elective hip and knee arthroplasty is often necessary for patients who cannot function at home soon after surgery, but how soon after surgery inpatient rehabilitation can be initiated has not been studied.
The  test was the hypothesis that high-risk patients undergoing elective hip and knee arthroplasty would incur less total cost and experience more rapid functional improvement if inpatient rehabilitation began on postoperative day 3 rather than day 7, without adverse consequences to the patients.
The conclusion they arrived at was that these data showed that high-risk individuals were able to tolerate early intensive rehabilitation, and this intervention yielded faster attainment of short-term functional milestones in fewer days using less total cost.
The LegTutor provides a safe and comfortable leg brace with position and speed sensors that precisely record three dimensional hip and knee extension and flexion. Rehabilitation games allow the patient to exercise Range of Motion (ROM), speed and accuracy of movement. The LegTutor facilitates evaluation and treatment of the lower extremity including isolated and combined hip and knee movements.
The LegTutor together with its sister devices (HandTutor, ArmTutor and 3DTutor) aim to optimize motor, sensory and cognitive performance to allow the patient to better perform everyday functional tasks and improve quality of life. The Tutors are being successfully used in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and clinics and are suitable for home use through telerehabilitation. See http://www.HandTutor.com for more information.

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