HandTutor Successful for Parkinson’s Patients

Maurizio Zibetti MD et al in article first published online: 25 AUG 2011, Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus is an effective treatment for advanced Parkinson’s disease. The benefits of bilateral subthalamic stimulation are well documented with some studies reporting outcomes with a follow-up of 5 to 6 years.
 Motor symptoms, activity of daily living, and motor complications were evaluated by means of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale, while cognition and mood were assessed with a specific neuropsychological test battery; medication intake, stimulation parameters, comorbidity, and adverse events were also recorded. Patients were evaluated before surgery and at 1, 5, and ≥9 years after surgery.
  These results of the study indicate a persistent effect of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus on the cardinal motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson’s disease patients in the long-term; however, a worsening of patients’ disability, mainly due to disease progression, was observed.
 Although there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease there is help to alleviate some of the symptoms. Research the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor. The 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 consists of motivating and 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 therapist 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 is FDA and CE certified. See http://www.HandTutor.com for more information.

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