Therapeutic Technology

New technology continues to push the boundaries of what once was considered full recovery from certain injuries or conditions. Today, for instance, top inpatient rehabilitation facilities deploy robotic tools that give stroke patients the ability to again use their upper extremities or help spinal cord injury patients with early ambulation.

Our hospital provides such leading-edge technology – as well as therapists trained to best use it – to ensure our patients are positioned to recover as quickly as possible. Here are some examples of some of the industry’s best technology deployed at our hospital:

TecnoBody® Isofree 

The TecnoBody® Isofree system was designed to treat anyone looking to improve balance, stability, and functional mobility. It is used to address a wide variety of pathologies and is a good tool to use in conjunction with traditional therapeutic interventions. TecnoBody Isofree allows for enhancing kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness during functional tasks as well as working on improving reflex mechanisms that play a role in maintaining balance and decreasing risk of falls. All of this is facilitated via biofeedback that is provided throughout the activity by the interconnected sensor platform and 3D camera. 

TecnoBody Isofree 

Smart Car

Our Smart Car is fully integrated into our rehab gym, allowing our patients to learn and practice car transfer skills year-round at any time during a treatment session. Car transfer training activities are essential to prepare our patients for community reintegration and setting them up for success when getting back to their daily activities. 

Smart Car

LiteGait®

LiteGait® is a body-weight support system and gait training device that provides a safe environment for patients to participate in gait training over a treadmill or over ground. This system allows patients to begin gait training earlier in the rehabilitation process and at a lower level than would be feasible with any other assistive device available. The LiteGait system eliminates the fear of falling and/or loss of balance with standing and walking tasks, and allows the therapist the ability to provide manual assistance to the legs and pelvis throughout the gait cycle to facilitate proper gait patterns. 

Overhead Body Weight Support System

Our overhead body weight support system provides dynamic body weight support while patients practice walking, balance tasks, sit-to-stand transfers, open and closed-chain strengthening exercises, and even steps. This system is mounted to an overhead track, allowing for use within the parallel bars or outside of the bars when introducing an assistive device during gait training progression. The body weight support system provides a safe environment for patients to begin standing, transfer, and gait training. 

Overhead Body Weight Support System 

SaeboMAS

The SaeboMAS is a zero gravity upper extremity device used to facilitate or challenge the weakened shoulder during functional tasks, such as eating or combing your hair. This device is used with patients with neurological and orthopedic conditions resulting in shoulder weakness. The adjustable spring-based tension system offers variable levels of assistance as the patient’s strength improves and makes it easy to track and document progress. It can be used to increase strength, range of motion, motor control, and encourage neuroplasticity by allowing the opportunity for highly repetitive tasks.

SaeboFlex®

SaeboFlex gives stroke survivors the power to regain movement in hands once thought useless. Designed to help those with no hand function and limited arm movement, this revolutionary therapy is now available to you at Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital.

The SaeboFlex is a custom fabricated orthosis that is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical. The SaeboFlex positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for functional activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object.

Saebo’s pioneering treatment principles are based on the latest advances in neurorehabilitation research documenting the brain’s ability to “re-program” itself through mass practice, task oriented arm training. The SaeboFlex takes advantage of the most recent research by allowing patients to immediately begin using their hand for functional grasp and release activities. Individuals up to 20 years post neurological injury can benefit from the SaeboFlex. In addition, the ability to use the hand in therapy and at home has been reported as extremely motivating during the recovery process.

InMotion

The BIONIK InMotionARMTM Robot is often used with the many patients who suffer from weakness in their upper extremities after a stroke. The ARM Robot helps patients utilize the strength they have to complete hundreds of repetitions in a fraction of the time of traditional exercise. Repetition is one of the most important factors when considering neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to repair and relearn movements following a stroke. This evidence-based neurorehabilitation technology quietly monitors the patient’s movements during therapy while it gently assists where needed to help them complete various motor therapy activities.

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EksoGTTM

The EksoGTTM exoskeletal unit assists patients with early ambulation following a stroke or spinal cord injury. Ekso is a robotic exoskeleton that can be fitted to the majority of patients to allow them to stand and ambulate early in the rehab process, which is key to their long-term prognosis. Clinical evidence indicates that gait training in the Ekso improves patients’ balance, walking distance and gait speed outside of the device at discharge compared to admission. 

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VitalStim® Therapy

Dysphagia is defined as difficulty with swallowing. It can occur as a result of a stroke or other neurological disease, normal aging or after a long period of inactivity. An estimated 15 million adults in the US currently suffer from dysphagia.

In the last few years, new treatment options have become available – especially the use of electrical stimulation. This exciting treatment tool, VitalStim Therapy, is showing good outcomes in most patients with relatively few treatments. It is simple for certified clinicians to administer and is pain free for the patient.

Who is a Typical Patient?

Typical patent categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Those that experienced a stroke
  • De-conditioning as a result of age or co-morbidity
  • Head and neck cancer (post radiation) and/or surgery
  • Various neuromuscular disease processes (e.g., Parkinson’s, ALS, etc.)

Am I a Candidate for VitalStim Therapy?

If you show signs of aspiration or have difficulty managing your diet, you may be a candidate for dysphagia therapy. Look for one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Coughing/clearing throat after swallowing
  • Decreased voice quality (wet, hoarse, weak)
  • Multiple swallows or special maneuvers required to clear throat
  • Feeling of food being stuck in the throat
  • Difficulty initiating a swallow
  • Abnormal volitional cough
  • Recurring chest infections
  • Difficulty completing a meal
  • Modified diet required (thickening, pureeing food; soft solids)
  • Spilling food or liquid from lips and/or drooling