Technologies

Bioness

Each year, more than 200,000 people suffer a stroke, and millions more suffer from multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions that affect the nervous system. The effect of these conditions on the nervous system is profound and often leaves individuals struggling with physical disability and deficits of the hand, arm, and/or leg. These limitations are particularly frustrating because they take away a person’s independence. Not only are patients unable to do the things they love such as sports and travel, but, in some cases, they are unable to simply complete the daily tasks of life, such as getting dressed in the morning, brushing their teeth, and cooking for themselves.

Over the past decade, researchers have learned more about how the nervous system and brain function in the aftermath of a neurological condition or event. A category of medical therapy termed neurostimulation has become one of the fastest growing areas of the medical device industry.  Used to treat a number of disorders including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, paralysis, epilepsy, obesity, and depression, neurostimulation is a therapeutic, low level of electrical stimulation also used to treat medical conditions affecting different parts of the central nervous system.

Bioness, a non-invasive, advanced neuroprosthesis for the treatment of foot drop or hand rehab, is available through Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital physical and occupational therapy programs.

Key benefits for the Bioness foot drop system include:

  • Facilitation of a more normal gait
  • Muscle re-education
  • Prevention/retardation of disuse atrophy
  • Maintenance/increase of joint range of motion
  • Increase in local blood circulation

Key benefits for the Bioness hand rehabilitation system include:

  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Prevention/retardation of disuse atrophy
  • Reduction of muscle spasm
  • Maintenance/increase of joint range of motion
  • Increase in local blood circulation
  • Enhancing hand function

For more information on Bioness, please call (864) 455-8788 or click here to learn more.

SaeboFlex®

Individuals who have lost functional use of their hands due to neurological injury such as stroke now have hope through a dynamic new therapy. The key to this therapy is SaeboFlex®, an orthosis that can help patients grasp and release objects, and is now available through Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital occupational therapy program.

Therapy utilizing SaeboFlex can help patients up to 20 years after injury to regain function of the affected hand. The device, which is custom fit to the individual, positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for functional activities and/or exercises. By voluntarily flexing their fingers, users are able to grasp objects. An extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object. Repetitive task-specific therapy helps create a pathway allowing the brain to send signals to the affected hand.

Therapy sessions and the cost of the device are covered by Medicare and most private insurers. Physician referral is required.

Physicians, please call (864) 455-8788 for more information, or to refer a patient.

Vision Coach

Vision Coach is a dynamic, state-of-the-art interactive light board designed to promote and enhance visual function, muscular coordination and neuromotor abilities; specifically developed to meet the numerous rehabilitation needs of a wide variety of patients.

Vision Coach may be used in therapy throughout the continuum of care for the assessment, development and enhancement of various diagnosis and disabilities, such as:

  • Central, peripheral and spatial awareness
  • Divided attention
  • Visual field deficits
  • Fixation and location
  • Speed of recognition and reaction time
  • Visual attention
  • Visual scanning and tracking
  • Binocularity
  • Eye-hand-body coordination
  • Balance and coordination of movement
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Upper body range of motion
  • Endurance and stamina
  • Cognition/Reversals

For more information about Vision Coach click here.