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  • Alan Waterman
    July 28, 2010 - 08:33

    Many patients with partial spinal cord damage are left with a poorly functioning hemiparetic hand. This means they have difficulty in doing everyday functional living tasks. There are several new technologies including for neuromuscular rehabiliation including robotic therapy. However these items are very expensive. The HandTutor can be used in cases of S troke, brain and spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy, Orthopedic hand/ arm surgery where there is upper limb impairment. The HandTutor is a glove and dedicated rehabilitation software that uses biofeedback to improve hand function. The HandTutor encourages patients to perform exercises customized to their finger and wrist movement impairment. Doing customized exercises in a motivating environment ensures that the patient is encouraged and motivated to continue intensive exercise practice. The HandTutor is used in hospitals and community clinics and through tele-rehabilitation. Maybe a donor can be found to send the HandTutor system to Haiti?