Partial paralysis and the road to recovery
“We noticed that the water level seemed a bit lower than normal, but I didn’t think about that as I dove into the water, just as I’d done hundreds of times before.”
The Lokomat robotic treadmill
The Lokomat Pro is a body weight-support, robot-assisted treadmill system that provides perfect practice and facilitates the recovery of the ability to walk. “When a therapist is walking with a patient while supporting them manually, that patient might be taking steps, but it is never the same step twice. If you put them on a device, especially the Lokomat, they get repetitive practice that is the same every time. This helps to mold the brain so it creates a recognizable pattern,” said Clare Small-McEvoy, PT, DPT, director of therapy services.
This technology has been proven to reduce a patient’s recovery time in contrast to conventional therapy alone. With traditional rehab, a patient may take 50 steps in one 20-minute physical therapy session. With the Lokomat Pro, patients can take more than 1,000 steps in the same session.
The system supports the patient’s body weight while moving their legs at a normal gait (walking) speed with normal gait mechanics on the treadmill. The physical therapist can alter how much of the person’s body weight the machine is taking on and the assistance provided by the robot so as the person becomes stronger, they can depend less on the Lokomat Pro while avoiding the risk of falling.
Stretching, walking or other gentle exercises in a warm water therapy pool offer many critical benefits to patients recovering from a spinal cord injury. At Bryn Mawr Rehab, we keep our therapeutic pool at 92°F, the ideal temperature for relieving pain and keeping patients comfortable. The pool has a ramp, stairs and a lift to make it accessible to people with a variety of conditions.
The benefits of aquatic physical therapy in a warm water pool include:
- Buoyancy that reduces stress on joints and muscles
- Gentle resistance that builds strength and endurance over time
- Improved circulation
- Decreased pain and muscle spasms
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
- A sense of relaxation and well-being that encourages exercise
In addition to more traditional water therapy techniques, we also utilize creative therapies in the pool to encourage patients and build confidence. For weak core balance, we’ve used kayaking exercises to improve side-to-side strength and stability.
A dream team approach to concussion recovery
Post-concussion syndrome made it impossible for a young college student to lead a normal life. The innovative care she received at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital helped her make a full recovery.
The Dynavision, a state-of-the art, interactive LED light board, flashes different colors, patterns and words to aid patients recovering from concussion, stroke or traumatic brain injury. By integrating the visual system with physical movement, neurocognitive processing and decision-making, Dynavision can improve cognitive and visual function and is customizable to each patient’s unique needs and abilities. Originally developed by former Canadian Football League player Phil Jones as a visual training tool for elite athletes, Dynavision has evolved into a cognitive and visual rehabilitation tool used in top rehab facilities across the country.
Concussion care at Bryn Mawr Rehab
As one of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to treat brain injuries, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has been recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment and recovery for more than 15 years. Our team treats more than 1,000 concussion patients annually at our state-of-the-art Neuro Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Concussion patients come to us with routine to complex injuries but leave with functional outcomes due in large part to the individualized, evidence-based approach we bring to concussion care.
Our team of experts includes:
- Case managers
- Cognitive and speech therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
Why choose Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
Deciding where to go for rehabilitation is a critical step in your recovery. At Bryn Mawr Rehab, we offer private tours of our facility and outreach liaisons who provide one-on-one consultations with patients and caregivers. Our patients receive the highest quality therapy, nursing and physician care with experts to guide them on their recovery journey.
We have been a part of the Greater Philadelphia community for almost 50 years. Our expansive, 36-acre campus with the latest rehabilitation technology coupled with our team of more than 650 clinicians, including physicians, therapists, nurses, staff and volunteers, create customized treatments to ensure our patients can return to their families and their lives as quickly as possible.