Jessy Ohlsen, OTR/L, adjusts the Diego robot by Tyromotion for a patient working on recovering the use of his arms and shoulders.
One year ago, Bacharach opened its state-of-the-art James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center with thirteen advanced robots – the first of its kind in southern New Jersey. Today, the center is thriving, helping patients progress further and faster than they could have ever imagined.
“I am amazed by how much progress patients make using the robots at the Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center,” said Sharrie Rapagna, PT, Director of Physical Therapy at Bacharach. “The Center has put Bacharach at the forefront of rehabilitation technology and offers world-class treatment close to home.”
Robots Give Bacharach Therapists More Modalities to Treat Patients
In combination with a traditional therapy program, the robots have helped patients increase their endurance and strength, improve their gait and range of motion and gain confidence in their progress.
“The robotic devices have been a wonderful addition to our therapy programs,” said Jessy Ohlsen, OT.
“One of the best features is being able to assess and measure my patients’ progress in new ways. I can show them their functional progress and keep them motivated to work hard using the games and scoring systems the robots use to track progress.”
Patients Improve by Leaps and Bounds
The Neurorecovery Center has helped patients of all ages, from pediatric patients to seniors. And the success stories from the Klinghoffer Center are varied – therapists see brain-injured patients previously confined to tilt-and-space wheelchairs transition to a standard wheelchair, patients with limited upper body movement who make enough gains to perform tasks on their own, and patients improving their gait in order to eliminate walkers, canes and crutches – and so much more.
“A lot of my spinal cord patients comment on how the Lokomat and Erigo help with their spasticity,” said Joanna Alfieri, DPT.
Joanna Alfieri, PT, DPT
Kristin Garland Barth, DPT, has seen firsthand the progress her patients make each visit. “I had a patient with a spinal cord injury, who was non-ambulatory and needed a lot of assistance to be able to go from sitting to standing. We used the Erigo Pro (passive upright walking motion) and the Lokomat Pro (supported walking on a treadmill) robots, and within a few sessions the patient was able to walk 150 feet, climb a full flight of stairs and transfer with only minimum supervision. These were huge gains.”
Kristin Garland Barth, PT, DPT
Robots Help Improve Patients’ Emotional Health
Not only are patients making physical gains using the robots, but Bacharach therapists believe the robots are helping the patients heal emotionally as well.
Nicole Sturgill, PT, DPT, and Mora Pluchino, PT, DPT with a Lokomat patient
“Our patients love the robots and are always astounded that this level of treatment is available to them,” said Mora Pluchino, DPT, Pediatric Program Coordinator at Bacharach. “The robots are user-friendly, fun and really lift our patients’ spirits. Patients express a lot of joy and hope when they use the robots and see their progress.”
“The robots give our patients better insight into their disability, which helps tremendously with their mental outlook,” added Kristin. “With the robots, we start to see patients interact with people more, and see improvements in other areas of their therapy outside of the Klinghoffer Center.”
To learn more about Bacharach’s James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center call 609-652-7000.