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Innovative Approaches and Technologies for Rehabilitation
State-of-the-art Equipment Offers New Therapy Options
Kennedy Krieger offers patients the latest rehabilitation technologies and equipment including robotic-assisted devices to improve function, reduce muscle atrophy, and stimulate nerves. The development of rehabilitation robots has been accelerated by recent scientific advances in cerebral plasticity and functional recovery. Robotic devices are used for both occupational and physical therapy, giving our therapists more tools than ever before to help patients build function and independence in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
The robotic rehabilitation equipment available at Kennedy Krieger includes the following:
- The MediTouch 3D Tutor™ consists of a wearable wireless motion feedback device and dedicated physical therapy rehabilitation software for functional rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities. Quantitative bio-mechanical data allows for objective evaluation and physical therapy treatment follow-up.
- The Myomo EMG triggered elbow extension assist orthosis enables patients to initiate and control movement of a partially paralyzed arm using their own muscle signals through both elbow flexion/extension and grasping function.
- The MediTouch HandTutor™ is a glove and software system that provides hand biofeedback. Challenging games and biofeedback provide patients with the motivation to continue intensive, repetitive fine motor finger and wrist exercises.
- The MediTouch LegTutor™ system consists of a leg brace and dedicated rehabilitation software with exercises designed as challenging games suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injuries and disorders.
The benefits of robotic therapy are significant. These sophisticated devices, which can be programmed for each patient, guide the user through repeated, precise movements, and provide real-time feedback for patients, and objective measures relating to position.
- The RT600 upright FES elliptical sends electrical currents to a patient's arms or legs, signaling limbs to contract and perform a maneuver that would otherwise be impossible, such as pedaling a bike.
- The Ekso Exoskeleton™ is a powered lower limb orthosis that enables people with lower extremity weakness or paralysis to return to standing and walking. In addition, this battery-powered bionic device can be used to supplement our gait training therapies. The device sends real-time patient performance data to the therapist’s mobile device, so adjustments can be made to create the best program for success.
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