Tutor System Effective for all Ages

Representing  the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry Dr.M. Knoflach, etal from the Department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
conducted a study to analyze the association between patient age and good functional outcome following ischemic stroke with a special focus on younger patients who were  underrepresented numerically in previous evaluations.
The conclusions they reached were that age was  a highly significant inverse predictor of good functional results after ischemic stroke independent of the characteristics, severity, and complications. The age-outcome association exhibited a nonlinear scale and extended to young stroke patients.

A good outcome was highest in the age group 18–35 years and gradually declined by 3.1%–4.2% per decade until age 75.
The TUTOR system which was recently developed has been functioning well for stroke patients of all ages. The TUTORS are designed to assist physical rehabilitation even for children beginning at age 4.
 The newly developed HANDTUTOR, for example, has become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation for TBI and stroke victims and those recovering from spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s, MS, CP and other limb movement limitations. The HANDTUTOR is a hand therapy tool used by Occupational therapists. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented motion feedback that encourages motor learning through intensive active exercises and movement practice.
The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR consist of wearable gloves and braces that detect limb movements showing the patient how much active or assisted active movement they are actually accomplishing. The dedicated software uses special rehabilitation games to set a new target  in terms of the patient’s ability to move their limb. The devices then measure the limb movement and give feedback on the success of the patient in  this new objective. In this  way the patient is given  feedback that allows the patient to understand which effort is more successful in allowing them to move their affected limb again. Subsequently the TUTOR system provides exercises that are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive and intensive exercise practice.
 The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are now part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. German, Italian, French, UK and other foreign hospitals. See WWW.HANDTUTOR.COM for more information.
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