When Physical Therapy Ends

 

 Diana Kohnle suggests on

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in

 MedlinePlus Pages  ”Don’t neglect exercise

  • – Don’t become a couch potato when your doctor’s prescription for physical therapy is over.

The American Council on Exercise shows how to transition from physical therapy to a regular exercise program:

  • Make a commitment to stay  active and fit;  don’t slip into a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Discuss with your  therapist questions about safe follow-up exercises.
  • Start  slow and easy, and follow your physical therapist‘s instructions.
  • Watch out for warning signs not to overdo it.

Rehabilitation means that after a serious injury, illness or surgery, you may recover slowly. It will be necessary to regain your strength, relearn skills or find new ways of doing things that you did before.

Rehabilitation includes:

  • Physical therapy to help your strength, mobility and fitness
  • Occupational therapy to help you with your daily activities
  • Speech-language therapy to help with understanding, speaking,  writing, reading  and swallowing
  • Treatment of pain

The type and goals of therapy   may be different for different people. An older person who has had a stroke may simply want rehabilitation to be able to bathe or dress   without help. A younger person who has had a heart attack may go throughcardiac rehabilitation in order to try to return to work and to do normal activities. Someone with a lung disease may get pulmonary rehabilitation in order to be able to breathe better and improve his quality of life.

When physical therapy solutions are still needed the TUTOR system can be of great help. The TUTORs (HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR nd 3DTUTOR) are used extensively by patients recovering from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, head/spinal cord injuries, CP,MS and other upper or lower limb surgeries. These physical therapy products are the vehicle that give intensive exercise programs to rehabilitate affected limbs. The HANDTUTOR is an ergonomic  glove and the ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are braces that fit comfortably on the patient’s arm or leg. They are connected to a computer that is fitted with exclusive and powerful software. The exercises consist of challenging games that provide the exercises. Physical/occupational therapists then record and evaluate the exercises designing a tailor made program for that patient.

Currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics the TUTOR system is also available for children and adults and can be used at home through the use of telerehabilitation. The TUTORs are certified by the FDA and CE. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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