Latest Therapy Tech to Assist Your Recovery

July 19th, 2016

Did you know that the Acute Rehabilitation Center (ARC) at Herrin Hospital has the latest technologies and equipment to get you into therapy and on the road towards a quicker recovery?

For some patients recovering from a stroke, brain injury, hip fractures or in some cases joint replacements, their mobility may be limited. Research supports getting these patients up and moving as soon as possible to not only speed their recovery, but also to reduce their loss of muscle strength due to inactivity.

Utilizing the latest assistive devices can make a significant impact on the progress of these patients. Most recently, ARC has added three assistive devices: Moveo, Rifton TRAM and VitalStim.

  • Moveo – An exercise platform that blends tilt table standing with exercise. Patients that were previously unable to participate in rehabilitation because they were unable to support their full body weight are now able to participate in weight-bearing exercises at an earlier stage.
  • Rifton TRAM – A transfer and mobility device. It enables patients to participate in gait training, practice sit-to-stand transfers and to provide added ease for seated transfers.
  • VitalStim – An electrotherapy and biofeedback system used to help patients regain the ability to swallow. VitalStim accelerates strengthening, restores function and assists with swallow remapping in the brain.
Following Best Practices

In keeping with best practices that are followed by leading rehabilitation hospitals such as Southern Illinois Healthcare’s alliance affiliate, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), ARC continues to offer these additional assistive devices.

  • Bioness – The L300 aids patients who suffer from foot drop or difficulty walking due to stroke, spinal cord or brain injury. It uses wireless communication, eliminating cumbersome wires. The H200, also wireless, rests around the hand and forearm to stimulate muscles through programmed exercises. Herrin Hospital was one of the first in the country to offer this therapy.
  • LiteGait – The unique harness design of the LiteGait allows your therapist to align your lower extremities to relearn proper walking patterns. It simultaneously provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing and eliminates concerns for balance as you walk over a treadmill or the ground.
  • SaeboFlex – Allows neurologically impaired individuals the ability to incorporate hand functionality in therapy by supporting the weakened wrist, hand and fingers. The SaeboFlex positions the wrist and fingers into an open hand position in preparation for functional activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The spring system then helps in re-opening the hand to release the object.

At ARC, we work to help you achieve your goal of living the best possible life, whether that means to return to work, live on your own or continue a cherished hobby. When the need arises, we incorporate the use of these devices during your stay to help you be successful during your rehabilitation.

Talk with your physician today about a referral to the Acute Rehabilitation Center. Click here to learn more about how to qualify for ARC.