Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

All the time we read about a famous athlete that sustains an injury and has to undergo surgery as a result of an injury or overuse of an arm , hand or leg. There is always a lingering doubt if that surgery will suspend or cancel the athlete’s playing  season or even career.
Michelle G. Carlson, MD writes that when a hand surgeon, for example, treats a talented athlete, many questions come up. After the physician makes a diagnosis and decides on a treatment plan, that is often a challenge to any patient but here  the questions first begin. When do you treat the patient? Is it possible for the athlete to return to play with that particular injury? Should the treatment wait until the season is concluded? If the decision is to treat immediately, how long a period of time will the athlete be out of play? Is  this decision going to end the athlete’s season? or his career? Will being out for the season end his career? How do these questions  affect the doctor’s decision? Physicians are expected to make choices where lost days of play can make tremendous differences in the career of collegiate, professional,  or even high school athletes.

This is why the decisions made should include involving the most sophisticated and advanced methods of treatment so that the athlete has the best chance of returning as fast as possible to his profession. Since most, if not all, limb surgeries necessitate a period of physical therapy during recovery it is imperative for the medical professional to seek out the best physical therapy solution available. Currently that would be the recently created TUTOR system. The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are innovative physical therapy products that are speeding the improvement of limb repair in athletes and others who have undergone hand, arm, elbow, shoulder or leg surgery. The TUTORs are comfortable ergonomically designed gloves or braces which are strategically placed on the affected limb and with special sensors connected to dedicated software that detect motion. They provide an intensive exercise program through the use of special games geared to that particular patient . The physical or occupational therapist records and evaluates the patient’s performance and creates a customized program for that patient. In addition the TUTOR system aims to optimize the motor, sensory and cognitive performance of the user.

Currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics the TUTORs are fully certified by the FDA and CE and can be used at the patient’s home through telerehabilitation.

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

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