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CORE Health Care Now Has MediTouch Rehabilitation System, First Facility in Texas

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Clients at CORE Health Care now have access to state-of-the art software and equipment to help their functional recovery.

Combining wearable devices with rehabilitation software, the MediTouch Rehabilitation System allows therapists to customize exercises based on an individual’s movement ability. CORE Health Care is the first facility in Texas to offer MediTouch to its patients.

Man using ArmTutor“CORE is always looking at novel methods and interventions for boosting neuroplastic recovery,” said Eric Makowski, CORE Health Care CEO. “The MediTouch system fits that bill and will keep residents engaged longer in therapy sessions, ultimately enhancing their outcomes.”

Designed for people recovering from stroke, brain injury, orthopedic injury, nerve injury, muscle weakness and other injuries, the MediTouch system offers HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3D-Tutor, which, along with the software, can be used separately or together. (more…)

Help make TBI recovery available to all

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago ABC’s 20/20 aired an inspiring piece on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ recovery. Her story is truly amazing and all of us at CORE Health Care wish her much success as she continues to heal and progress.

But we can’t help but think about the hundreds of thousands of average people with traumatic brain injuries, many of them veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose federal insurance plans don’t cover the kind of post-acute care Giffords is receiving.

Once the average person is discharged from the hospital, he or she is medically stable, but usually still very impaired in terms of cognition and day-to-day functioning. This leads to behavior that can endanger the injured person and others. Most post-acute care for people with brain injuries takes place in a residential setting, a sort of halfway house between the hospital and the home. Patients typically receive therapy that helps them concentrate, control their impulses, speak, reason and improve their memory.

Skipping the post-acute phase of rehabilitation sets up people with brain injuries for failure, leading to feelings of frustration and anger for them and their families.

CORE Health Care urges everyone to speak out for those with brain injuries. A good place to start is the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) legislative updates and alerts. The BIAA lets you know when legislation important to people with brain injuries is before Congress and offers legislative fact sheets that you can review. Click here to sign up.

With your help perhaps we can make Gabby Giffords’ remarkable recovery available to all people with brain injuries!

WalkAide improves mobility

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

At CORE our physical therapists use the latest technologies to help residents regain mobility and increase their independence. One extremely useful device is the WalkAide.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the WalkAide is a non-invasive way to help people with foot drop walk better. Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of the foot so the person has to either drag the foot and toes or use a high-stepping gait. Many people who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord trauma or other nervous system disorder have this frustrating condition.

WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation (FES), which means electrical currents activate the paralyzed nerves. The device itself is small and easy to use. Two electrodes are attached to the skin on the leg – not implanted under the skin – so no surgery is involved. A cuff holds the system comfortably in place and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing.

CORE resident Ben Karlin has benefited from this new technology. Ben, a motorcycle mechanic and single father with a 3-year-old son, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2008 motorcycle accident. The injury caused foot drop and decreased mobility, difficulty using his left arm, vision problems, and memory and attention disorders. After the accident, Ben couldn’t go back to work or live independently.

For the past 18 months Ben has received both in-patient and out-patient therapy at CORE and has been using WalkAide for more than a year. The device has dramatically improved his mobility. (more…)