Proper Rehabilitation Can Produce Better Social Outcomes

 Social outcomes in rehabilitation therapy should be included in the practice and research results of rehabilitation therapy.

For example. In a recent study forty-four young adults, admitted to a rehabilitation center after a very severe head injury, were examined 2 years after their accident. In a comparison with a control group it showed that the head injured had experienced significant changes in family life, work, leisure activities and contact with friends. Even though there were still changes that created problems, most of the patients and their relatives appeared to have made a number of successful adaptations to their altered situation. Neurophysical status, personality change and memory loss all affected work capacity, while presence of personality changes was especially important because of the loss of pre-accident friendships.

Normally there are no significant social differences between age groups but when comparing ”young” older aged people (60, 70) with ”old” older (80, 90) aged people differences were seen. In the younger group more alcohol abuse was found and in the older group more lack of cognitive skills was noticed. On the other hand, despite the alcohol abuse the younger group showed better physical recovery.

In another example chronic and disabling diseases like multiple sclerosis, rehabilitation becomes of major importance in the preservation of psychological, physical, and social functioning. About 80% of MS patients have the disease for more than 35 years and most will develop a disability at some point in their lives. This emphasizes the importance of rehabilitation in order to maintain a reasonable quality of life. Probably the most important aspect of multiple sclerosis rehabilitation is the preservation of physical functioning. A hot topic in the rehabilitation of physical function of MS patients includes exercise therapy. Exercise therapy has for many years been a controversial issue in multiple sclerosis rehabilitation and the advice generally given to those patients was not to participate in physical exercise, since it was thought to lead to a worsening of symptoms or fatigue. However, a major shift has taken place and it is now increasingly acknowledged that exercise therapy is both safe and beneficial.

Because physical functioning is so vital, not only in achieving some return to normalcy in limb movement, following a stroke, brain injury or any other serious medical condition, but also because it is imperative to reduce aspects of a negative social repercussion, therefore the best available physical therapy solutions should be found. Nowadays the TUTOR system is in the forefront of physical therapy products and therefore it is in use in leading U.S. and European rehabilitation hospitals and clinics.

The TUTORs (HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR) are recently created devices that consist of comfortable, ergonomically designed gloves and braces that contain sensors that pick up even small movements that are self initiated by the patient. The patient is subjected to dedicated and sophisticated software containing rehabilitation games. Physical and occupational therapists then record and evaluate the movements made and customize an intensive exercise program for that patient. The rehabilitation system optimizes the patient’s motor, sensory and cognitive performance and allows him to better perform everyday functions to improve his quality of life. In this way there will be a more favorable social outcome with minimal damage occurring.

The TUTORs are available for children as young as 5 and can be used at the patient’s home through telerehabilitation. They are fully certified by the FDA and CE.

See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Leon on September 10, 2012 at 6:42 am

    It makes a lot of sense. There is nothing better to recover than excersise.


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