Stroke Victim Finds Help in the Tutors

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Jordan Willi writes in the  River Falls Journal about Carrie Gajewski who had her specially fitted SUV stolen from the Croix View Apartments’ parking lot in Hudson early Friday morning.
To most people, an auto is just a means of transportation. But to Carrie Gajewski, her auto meant independence.
The SUV was specially fitted with hand controls. It allowed Gajewski to operate the vehicle even though  one of her hands was affected by a  stroke she suffered a decade ago.
Carrie spent five days in intensive care and another five weeks in the hospital after her stroke in mid-February 2001.
The stroke occurred in the left side of her brain where language and speech processes are. Carrie went through both speech and physical therapy to learn how to talk and walk again.
The TUTOR system is being  widely used for the rehabilitation of stroke victims similar to Carrie.
Occupational therapists use the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR- – known as the Tutor system as a manual therapy tool to help them with their rehabilitative work.
 The TUTOR system has shown much success in rehabilitation of joint movement. The newly developed TUTORS consist of ergonomic wearable devices. The HANDTUTOR is a glove for hand therapy and the ARMTUTOR is an arm brace for elbow and shoulder rehabilitation.  The system is indicated for patients who have suffered a stroke, head/brain injury, SCI, CP, MS, Parkinson’s disease and other mobility restraining illnesses. It is used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists 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.  The dedicated rehabilitation software allows the physical and occupational therapist to fully customize the exercises to the patient’s movement ability. In addition the OT and PT can make objective follow up and reports on their patients progress. Rehabilitation aims to optimize 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 TUTORS are certified by the FDA and CE See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.

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