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Waveny Care Center Leads the Way in Post-Stroke Therapy

Waveny Care Center Leads the Way in Post-Stroke Therapy

Posted on April 28, 2008

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Waveny’s Rehabilitation Services team displays the revolutionary Bioness® devices used in the Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy Program at Waveny Care Center. From left to right, Yolette Milord, Rehabilitation Aide; Anne Newton PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services; Sara Trask, OTR/L; Tricia Schiavone, PT; Jane Ellwanger PT, Coordinator Outpatient Services; Jessica Shaw, PT; Jennifer Zold, OTR/L; Wrenford Thomas, PTA and Heather Neff, Chief Executive Officer of Waveny Care Network

New Canaan, Conn. – Imagine technology so advanced that it may help stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological patients to regain lost mobility and enable them to achieve greater independence than they believed to be possible.

Waveny Care Center, part of Waveny Care Network’s not-for-profit continuum of healthcare located in New Canaan, Conn., recently became the first and only location in the state of Connecticut to offer innovative rehabilitative therapies using both the Bioness® H200™ and L300™ Rehabilitation Systems.

Prior to Waveny’s acquisition of the Bioness H200 hand device in late 2006, Connecticut residents had to commute to Cape Cod to receive treatment using this sophisticated technology. With the addition of the Bioness L300 leg device to its program this past October, Waveny has become the only Connecticut rehabilitation center to offer both devices on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

The NESS L300 neuro-rehabilitation system is a revolution in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology, designed to help patients experiencing foot drop to regain mobility and help “normalize” walking and gait. This user-friendly system is appropriate for a broad range of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injury. The L300 uses wireless communication to “talk” to its components, eliminating cumbersome wires and allowing the clinician the ability to fine-tune settings while the patient is actually walking.

The NESS H200 is a portable, ergonomically designed orthosis that uses electrical stimulation to move and guide a patient’s hand through repetitive rehabilitative exercises. Specifically, the device consists of a non-invasive, soft polymer fitting that surrounds the patient’s hand and forearm and is integrated with five surface electrodes that stimulate muscles in the hand and wrist. A licensed and trained therapist can then program the device with a customized regimen of exercises for each patient. While substantiative clinical data points to the value of neuromuscular re-education early in a patient’s recovery, the NESS H200 may also help individuals whose injury occurred years ago to regain lost hand function or to reduce some of the long-term complications from stroke.

Based on the progress and outcomes of her patients – coupled with the clinical trials that support the effectiveness of both devices – Director of Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center, Anne Newton PT, believes that therapy using this sophisticated technology is an important adjunct to traditional therapy for stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord and brain-injured patients. “We are proud to be the first and only rehabilitation center in Connecticut to provide patients the therapeutic benefits afforded by the Bioness hand and leg devices,” said Newton. “Offering the most cutting-edge treatments available in therapy reflects Waveny’s mission and commitment to providing quality care to those we serve.”

Waveny Care Center welcomes patients from all areas who may benefit from therapy featuring Bioness technology. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Anne Newton PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at 203.594.5348 or anewto[email protected]. Also, visit www.waveny.org to learn more about Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center and to view virtual tours of the organization’s in- and outpatient rehabilitation gyms.