Maintenance Care for Arthritis Sufferers

According to the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arthritis contributes to physical inactivity in the general population. Even though arthritis may prevent adults from engaging in physical activity there are some interventions that can benefit those people. Statistically, more than 30% of adults with arthritis (in 23 states) have no leisure time physical activity. The reasons for inactivity among arthritis sufferers include pain, fear of worsening the arthritis, ignorance of what the best type of exercise is beneficial for them and fear of being injured.
The way to counteract these problems is by having advertising campaigns through health and community organizations. Exercising methods that are safe and effective should be described for arthritis sufferers. The CDC has two such programs  currently in use. One is  ”Physical Activity. The Arthritis Pain Reliever” for English speakers and ”Buenos Dias Arthritis” for Spanish speakers. These programs increase knowledge about and initiate physical activity. Much of the programming is free. Adults with arthritis can become physically active by engaging in safe and effective group exercises. In addition the group provides social support. The venues for these activities are senior centers, Area Agencies on Aging, YMCAs, parks and recreation departments, churches and others.
Although there is no known cure for arthritis there are ways to maintain current strength and that is by having an intensive and customized exercise program. One of the most sophisticated and effective physical therapy solutions available today for that purpose is the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and LEGTUTOR. These are products that have been designed for patients who have lost  some limb mobility due to stroke, brain or spinal cord injury or upper and lower limb surgeries. However the same device that assists the latter issues can also be effectively used to provide maintenance exercise for arthritis sufferers.
The TUTORs (which also include the 3DTUTOR) are comfortable ergonomically designed gloves or braces that, through the use of sensors connected to dedicated software in the form of games, allow for intensive exercises of affected wrists, fingers, hands, knees and other joints. Physical therapists adjust the exercise program to the ability of the patient and therby customize an individual program.
The TUTOR system is currently in use in leading rehabilitation hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and Europe. It is available at home through telerehabilitation and certified by the FDA and CE. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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