Physical and occupational therapy robotics are changing the approach to therapy for people with neurological conditions.
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation recently received a $1 million charitable donation from long-time philanthropist James Klinghoffer.
The donation funded the James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center at Bacharach offering a full range of the most advanced robotic technology available.
How Do Physical and Occupational Therapy Robots Work in Rehabilitation
The Center’s physical therapy and occupational therapy robots help people recovering from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological disorders. Studies have shown that the outcomes of using robotic technology for physical and occupational therapy are long lasting and more beneficial than conventional therapy alone.
Repetitive patterning has been shown to optimize neurological recovery. Using robotic innovations in physical and occupational therapy, Bacharach therapists are able to help patients perform more repetitions than could be performed via conventional therapy.
“At Bacharach, it is important to us that we provide the best care and treatment for our patients,” said Richard Kathrins, Ph.D., CEO and President of Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation. “We are always evolving and testing out cutting edge therapy techniques in order to help restore independence to our patients. The Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center upholds our mission and allows us to keep paving the way in stroke and neurological disorders treatment.”
Rehabilitation Robotics For Stroke Patients
Bacharach has an entire array of physical and occupational therapy robots for stroke patients. The Errigo tilt table aids in early mobility, and helps patients progress to standing therapies. The Lokomat gait trainer offers unweighted support for walking on a treadmill. The Lokomat can fully support the patient or diminish the amount of support as the patient improves strength and mobility. The Andago gait trainer allows patients to move freely throughout the building while fully or partially supported.
Stroke patients with upper extemity involvement may use the Diego supported arm and shoulder robot, the InMotionARM, the Armeo Spring or the Amadeo, depending upon their individual needs and defecits. The Amadeo is an occupational therapy robot designed to increase mobility in the fingers, which may be affected by spasticity in stroke patients. All of the robots include a video component that engages patients and encourages them to complete many more repetitions than conventional therapy, leading to earlier improvements and better outcomes.
The plan of care for stroke rehabilitation is always unique to the individual’s goals and needs. Robotic therapy may not be indicated for every stroke patient.
Rehabilitation Robotics For Brain Injuries
Many of the occupational therapy robots are very helpful for patients with brain injury. The Myro has a large interactive touch screen and offers a wide variety of cognitive exercises and memory challenges. The Neuro-Sensory Unit resembles a large television, but it is programmed for patients with brain injury to improve eye-hand coordination, reaction time, occular motor skills and neuro-cognitive skills.
Other robots may be effective for weakness caused by a brain injury, whether it is a gait problem or weakness in the upper extremities.
The plan of care for brain injury rehabilitation is always unique to the individual’s goals and needs. Robotic therapy may not be indicated for every patient with a brain injury.
Rehabilitation Robotics For Spinal Cord Injuries
Bacharach’s gait training robots may be useful for people with spinal cord injury, depending upon the level and severity of the injury.
The Errigo enables early and safe mobilization even for immobile patients. The Lokomat moves legs in a controlled but natural but controlled walking pattern, strengthening impaired muscles.
Many of the upper body robots may be used by people with spinal cord injury, including the Diego which offers suspension for patients with limited motor function of the arm.
The plan of care for spinal cord injury rehabilitation is always unique to the individual’s goals and needs. Robotic therapy may not be indicated for every patient with a spinal cord injury.
More About the James Klinghoffer Neurorecovery Center
Mr. Klinghoffer, a Longport, N.J. resident, has been helping to improve medical care in South Jersey for many years. In addition to Bacharach, he has been a major donor to both Deborah Hospital and Shore Medical Center and his generosity also supports programs at Jewish Family Services, Gilda’s Club, Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund and Meals on Wheels in Atlantic City. He credits his parents, Harry and Edith Klinghoffer, as the inspiration for his charitable giving. “I give because my parents were very charitable people and they instilled that value in me,” said Klinghoffer.
Andrew is using our Lokomat Gait Trainer for the first time.
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