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Virtual Reality System Helps People Recover from Balance Disorders

A patient dons a safety harness, steps onto a platform that begins to shift beneath his feet and tries to keep his balance while watching a moving figure on a 180-degree screen. This may sound like the latest virtual reality game, but it’s actually the Bertec Dynamic CDP balance system, a device that uses NASA-inspired technology to help people recover from balance disorders.

What Is Spasticity?

Weeks to months after a traumatic injury or the onset of a chronic illness, patients may develop a variety of complications, including a movement disorder called “spasticity.” Patients with spasticity often experience involuntary muscle tightness and stiffness, spasms and slow or uncontrollable movements.

The Study of How You Walk and Its Impact on Your Medical Care

The study of a person's style of walking or running – referred to as “gait” – can be a very helpful and accurate clinical tool. Clinical gait analysis is the process of measuring a person’s walking/running characteristics and identifying abnormalities to assist in treatment decisions for persons with complex and not easily understood walking problems.

Pilates for Rehabilitation

Today you can find a Pilates class in nearly every community and Pilates fitness DVDs are readily available at your local store or online. It seems like everyone is either taking a Pilates class or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program.

Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton Benefits Arms, Shoulder and Hands

Ekso for upper extremitySince being selected in 2012 as one of the first sites in the U.S. to receive the Ekso bionic exoskeleton, Good Shepherd has become a world leader in use of the device, with patients recently reaching the million step milestone, the most of any facility in the world.

Caring for the Whole Patient

Caring for the Whole PatientA young man has an accident and suffers a spinal cord injury. After he is stabilized at an acute-care hospital, he spends time in inpatient rehabilitation and then is discharged to outpatient rehabilitation care. He has a long life ahead of him with new and sometimes terrifying challenges.

Rehabilitation Technology Benefits Stroke Patients

Rehabilitation TechnologyStroke patients can benefit from the latest technology, whether it is a robotic device called AlterG (formerly Tibion) that strengthens the legs, or vision therapy using LCD glasses to improve visual motor skills.

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

Do You Have Rhythm?

Did you know that having rhythm means more than singing well, dancing beautifully or being able to hit a homerun or catch a touchdown pass?

Visual Deficits and Treatment Following a Stroke

People recovering from a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), commonly known as stroke, no longer have to be saddled with visual deficits. There are new and progressive treatments to help make their lives better as well as the lives of their spouse or caregiver. 

People who have had strokes can suffer many visual problems. These problems include:

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