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Why In-Patient Rehabilitative Care Wins Over Home Care!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The term rehabilitation can have varied connotations for different people. However, the one constant thing about rehabilitative care is that it is essential for patients who have suffered grave injuries. It is also vital for those patients who are having difficulty in regaining their independence in daily activities. The primary motive of rehab program is to ensure the optimal recovery of patients who have recently undergone a surgery or stroke attack. Hence, opting for the right method of rehabilitation becomes a crucial decision for the caregivers. Appropriate rehabilitative care can be provided in a proper facility with the right equipment or it can be given to patients as home-based care, as well. It is important to remember that the outcomes may vary depending on the facilities provided at each setting. Understanding the vital points Services offered at assisted living facilities or nursing homes differ vastly from those provided at post acute care inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The latter has certain advantages over home-care based facilities because of the following reasons. • The rehabilitation team ensures the provision of a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to services. • Specialty nursing staff form an essential part of the rehab team and guarantee the...
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Technology Enabled Paths – EKSO GT in Rehabilitation Process

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Rehabilitation post the acute episode could be a long process and traditional methods, though effective, may not be the most efficient always. They could be intensive in terms of time and human resources. In such a scenario the advent of modern technology has eased these concerns to considerable extent. They have widened the scope of the process by inducing efficiency and added reliability and in the case of thousands of patients have pushed the boundaries of expected results. Therefore, within a very short span of time technology enabled rehabilitation tools such as robotics and virtual reality have become an integral part of the rehabilitation process. One such tool is EKSO GTTM. Ekso GT  is a wearable bionic suit that helps individuals with any level of lower extremity weakness or paralysis, including those with complete spinal cord injury, to stand up and walk with a natural fully weight bearing gait. The robotic exoskeleton is a comprehensive rehabilitation tool and is primarily employed to help the patient relearn correct step and weight shift patterns. The battery powered motors drive the legs which initiate the steps once the patient shifts their weight or when the sensors are activated. The tool is designed...
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Managing and Preventing Secondary Complications in Stroke Patients

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Secondary complications post an acute stroke episode can have immense impact on recovery, rehabilitation and, most importantly, quality of life of the patient during and post rehabilitation. They can be quite frequent and studies have confirmed that as many as 60% of patients in their rehabilitation phase acquire them. Therefore, medical observation and inputs during the inpatient rehabilitation phase is very important for ensuring the recovery and rehabilitation of the patient post the acute phase. Some complications can arise as a direct result of the injury the brain sustained during the stoke episode. Others can be caused due to the physical and neurological changes that can limit the previous physical and cognitive abilities of the patient. For example, persistent shoulder pain as a result of paralysis of an arm which can no longer support the shoulder. Some common secondary complications are - Seizures Aphasia Brain edema Pneumonia Cognitive Impairment Urinary tract infection Bedsores Deep venous thrombosis Clinical Depression Rehabilitation principles followed post the acute episode will dictate how the patient will come to cope with the changes and disabilities as well as prevent further complications. The end goal of rehabilitation process is to ensure that the patient recovers back...
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ARMEO Therapy: A Brief Insight About The Working Of This Ergonomic Device

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Regaining active movement and improving overall bodily function are some of the primary aspects of rehabilitation. Assisting patients in performing regular tasks with considerable ease is another important motive for rehab specialists. Such experts have to work with patients who might have suffered from a road accident or a slip and fall incident. Such accidents can have an immense impact on their brain or spine and can even lead to some other complex neurological condition. Most incidents also impact the upper extremities of patients and for this reason, rehabilitation becomes an absolute necessity for them! ARMEO therapy is one such effective tool that aids patients in improving the function and movement of their arms and hands. Interestingly, the exercises in this equipment are self-directed and self-initiated. What is ARMEO? This equipment is essentially a rehabilitation exoskeleton which provides intensive arm rehabilitation to patients. These patients might have difficulty in moving their arms or hands actively because of a neurological injury or disorder. With this advanced equipment, patients can practice movement and activities essential for their daily life and therapy progress. Research by experts also indicates that ARMEO Therapy aids in better and faster recovery of upper extremities when compared...
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