Rehabilitation Units that Include the Tutor System – HandTutor ArmTutor LegTutor Show Success


F. Simmonds  and T. Stevermuer  of the Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia compared the rehabilitation outcomes and demographic characteristics  for both non-traumatic SCI  and traumatic SCI  patients admitted into either (SCIRUs)– specialist spinal cord injury rehabilitation units  or (NSRUs)–non-specialist rehabilitation units . They studied 668 patients in rehabilitation units in Australia.
They found that there are differences in the characteristics of SCI patients admitted to SCIRU compared with NSRU. NT-SCI patients admitted to SCIRU have greater functional gain. When the SCI patient undergoes physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy in an rehabilitation unit (RU) he will be able to avail himself of the latest equipment and medical devices to alleviate his symptoms and return him as much as possible to a normal life.
One such tool is the TUTOR system. It consists of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR.
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 glove and braces that detect limb movements showing the patient how much active or assisted active movement they are actually accomplishing. The rehabilitation 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  understands which effort is more successful in  moving 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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