TBI Criteria of the U.S. Social Security Disability Benefit Program


There are 5 criteria that are used by the U.S. Social Security Administration to determine the need for disability assistance if a person has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
1.  Is the individual earning more or less than $1010 per month from employment. More will disqualify him.
2.  The TBI has to be severe enough to affect the patient‘s walking, sitting, lifting, reaching, pushing, standing, pulling,  carrying or handling, seeing, hearing and speaking, understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions, responding appropriately to supervision and more.
3. The disability has to  meet or equal a medical listing listed under neurological disorders. Sometimes the actual severity of a mental impairment may not become apparent until six months post-injury thereby postponing the financial benefit payment.
4. If a person is able to do work that he had done previously he may be denied any benefits.
5.  A review is conducted of age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine what other work, if any, the person can perform.
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury and it is determined that there is a reasonable chance of recovery the TUTOR system should come into play.
Victims of brain injury and stroke can benefit greatly from the  Tutor system which consists of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and the 3DTUTOR. The TUTOR system is one of the newest physical therapy solutions and is being used successfully in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and clinics. It is also benefiting home care patients through the use of telerehabilitation.
 The newly developed  physical therapy products   have become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation and physical therapy for brain injury patients including, post stroke and TBI. These innovative tools implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback  that encourage practice and motor learning through intensive active exercises. The exercises are challenging and motivating and are tailored to the patient’s performance and motor and sensory and cognitive movement ability.
Customized simple and powerful rehabilitation software allows the physical and occupational therapist  the ability to adjust the program and exercise difficulty to the patient’s movement ability. The system also includes objective quantitative evaluations that allow the physiotherapist and his occupational therapist colleagues to report on the patient’s exercise progress. Telerehabilitation features allow the HANDTUTOR, LEGTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and the 3DTUTOR to be supported by the physical rehabilitation team when the patient is at home. This ensures that the patient is motivated to do more practice between treatments by the therapists.  The TUTOR system is suitable for children as well as adults.
See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information
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