Fernando Colon, OTR/L

“Robotic equipment is a fantastic complement to traditional therapies,” says Fernando.  “One great example is a stroke survivor patient who had difficulty moving his right arm against gravity. Along with traditional therapy, we utilized the “InMotion ARM” made by Bionik, a robotic device that has flexibility to do part, all, or no motion for the patient. After just one day of applying this robotic therapy, the patient was able to comb his hair. With these immediate results, the patient was eager to get back into using in-motion. Seeing the carryover from using the equipment to actually performing functional activities was remarkable.”


Fernando also notes that while we measure outcomes in neurological and physical abilities, he’s seen how the robotic equipment also helps with the emotional aspects of recovery. “From a patient’s perspective, one day you are fully independent and the next day your life is turned upside down and you are dependent. Seeing the results, data and statistics from our robotic equipment provides a significant motivator to our patients during this challenging time in their lives,” he says.


Fernando recalls another patient.  This patient had lost range of motion in one of their limbs and was having a tough time with any movement, specifically proximal strength. “We utilized the ‘Diego,’ an upper extremity robotic assisted arm device. The Diego is primarily for arms and shoulders featuring an overhead suspension.  We were able to suspend the limb in a more functional position. Gradually, we saw emerging movements in elbow extension, wrist movement, and eventually started to see greater improvement with dexterity and fine motor coordination.  We carried over treatment to traditional therapies, and the patient continued to progress.”


For more information on Bacharach’s occupational therapy services visit www.bacharach.org/services.


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