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Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation

Posted by ACP on Jan 27, 2020 10:54:43 AM

Over the past several years, the body of evidence on the effectiveness of virtual reality (VR) in rehabilitation has significantly expanded. VR has been studied for a variety of diagnoses including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, burns, pain, and total knee arthroplasty. VR helps enhance patient involvement and motivation while increasing the repetitions and duration of exercise. Benefits addressing ADL performance, balance, gait, pain, and cognition have been reported.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Pain Management, Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary, Orthopedic, Neuro Rehab

Improving Strength and Functional Mobility Using Virtual Reality and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Jan 24, 2020 1:15:49 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 72

Diagnosis: Muscle Weakness / General Debility

History: This gentleman had a fall and was hospitalized due to a femur fracture. He experienced multiple medical complications and surgeries and was admitted to a skilled nursing facility. He was transferred to this skilled nursing facility for long-term care two and half months after his fall and was referred to therapy due to weakness, balance deficits, inability to walk and inability to perform self-care. Prior to his fall he lived at home and was independent with all mobility and activities of daily living (ADLs).

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story

Improving Strength and Functional Mobility Using Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Jan 14, 2020 2:11:00 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 75

Diagnosis: Peripheral Vascular Disease / Falls / Muscle Weakness

History: This gentleman was referred to a skilled nursing facility with severe debility after
hospitalization due to a fall at home. Following the fall, he laid on the floor for two days before
being discovered by his home health nurse. At the time of hospital admission, he suffered
from acute renal failure, altered mental status, and infected wounds on both legs. Prior to the
fall, this gentleman lived alone, walked with a straight cane, and was independent with all
self-care, household and community activities.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story

Meet Lee Grasseschi - Manager, Compliance and Quality Assurance

Posted by ACP on Dec 20, 2019 10:33:34 AM

What do you do in your free time?
Free time? What is this ‘free time? We have horses, we kayak, cross country ski, and volunteer at our community water system.

How long have you been with ACP? 
1.5 years
What is your career background? 
I’ve been in various manufacturing entities for several decades as an Operations Manager, Quality Manager, Project Manager, Engineer, and Production Manager. I have 3 college degrees and 3 professional certificates. I’ve worked domestically and internationally as a geologist and geophysical technician and spent time in state and federal governments.

What inspired you to work with ACP? 
I was mainly inspired to move on from where I was working and I am grateful to be a part of the kindest organization I’ve ever encountered.

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Electrotherapy for the Management of Hypertonia

Posted by ACP on Dec 18, 2019 11:39:49 PM

Hypertonia is a common impairment associated with a wide range of neurological conditions and can significantly impair function and lead to joint pathologies. The use of biophysical agents including patterned electrical neuromuscular stimulation (PENS), TENS-LVPC motor stimulation to acupoints, and subthermal ultrasound over GTOs may assist in tone reduction (ACP, 2019). Research supports the use of electrical stimulation as an adjunctive tool in the treatment of hypertonicity which may facilitate improved range of motion and mobility.

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Improving Functional Mobility and Cardiovascular Endurance with Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Dec 17, 2019 12:08:29 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 73

Diagnosis: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation.

History: This gentleman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services to address significant weakness and functional decline after an exacerbation of COPD.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Improving Swallow Ability Using sEMG and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Dec 9, 2019 12:13:18 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 69

Diagnosis: Heart Failure / Dysphagia

History: This woman, a long-term rehab center resident, was admitted to the hospital due to heart failure which resulted in dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). A feeding tube was placed and she was not allowed to eat or drink by mouth. Following hospitalization, she was referred to speech therapy with a goal to return to eating a regular diet and drinking thin liquids independently in the dining room.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

Meet Reanna Benzie - Lease Specialist II

Posted by ACP on Dec 3, 2019 2:27:18 PM

What do you do in your free time?
My free time is usually spent with my 3 kids at their sports. My girls play softball. They play on a travel team year round and also play on spring and fall ball teams. My son plays baseball and just this year started playing soccer. I stay busy with practices, games and tournaments! 
How long have you been with ACP? 
2 years
What is your career background? 
Most of my career background is administrative. I worked as an Admissions Assistant for a For Profit College. I was in that position for about 2 years until they moved all admissions on grounds and turned our department into Career Services. I stayed with the college as the Career Services Assistant for another year until my position was dissolved. Before working at the college I was an Office Manager for a loan company. 
What inspired you to work with ACP? 
What inspired me, and continues to inspire me, to work with ACP is what we do for our customers and, in turn, the patients. 

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Topics: Employee Spotlight


Posted by Ed M. Bice, M.Ed., CCC-SLP on Dec 3, 2019 2:20:13 PM

As speech-language pathologists (SLPs) we often make diet recommendations. The unfortunate reality is we have scant information to direct these decisions. There is some evidence concerning the impact of volume and viscosity on swallowing kinematics (Barikroo, 2015; Chi-Fishman, 2002; Miller, 1996; Nagy, 2015; Watts, 2015). However, a systematic review (Steele, 2015) revealed little evidence to guide practice with respect to different degrees of modifying solid foods for patients with dysphagia. This means SLPs must rely on the sound understanding of the mastication process to make these decisions. Unfortunately, the system is quite complex and difficult to evaluate. This article represents the first of a series related to mastication that will address how mastication works and some possible assessment methods. Armed with this knowledge, SLPs may formulate more informed recommendations as part of a comprehensive patient care plan.

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Topics: Dysphagia

Management of Tone with Biophysical Agents

Posted by ACP on Dec 3, 2019 2:02:00 PM

Hypertonia is defined as excessive muscle tone which leads to stiffness with movement or inability to move a joint and often occurs with neurological conditions such as upper motor neuron lesions (CP, CVA, TBI, SCI, MS) and basal ganglia disorders (PD, Huntington
disease, Dystonia). While the terms spasticity and hypertonia are often used interchangeably, spasticity is actually a subtype of hypertonia in which muscle tone is increased by the speed of joint movement. (NIH, 2019)

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

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