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Meet Debra Capella, MPT - Clinical Program Consultant

Posted by ACP on Jun 26, 2019 9:47:35 PM

What do you do in your free time? 
I enjoy hiking/trail running with my husband and traveling with my two college aged kids whenever we get a chance! I particularly like spending time in the mountains and exploring new places. 
 
How long have you been with ACP?  
Just getting ready to celebrate my 9th ACP Anniversary!

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Champions Corner - Swallowing Center at the University of South Florida (USF)

Posted by ACP on Jun 24, 2019 2:30:46 PM

"Patients enjoy the features and 'seeing' their successes over time. Using the Synchrony sEMG allows us to obtain more reliable data for a scientific approach to therapy.”

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Topics: Dysphagia

Improving Cognition Involving Safety Awareness, Memory, and Attention using Virtual Reality in Therapy

Posted by ACP on Jun 21, 2019 9:46:05 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 57

Diagnosis: Cognitive Communication Deficit / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease /
Chronic Heart Failure

History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility and referred to speech therapy for decreased cognitive function and failure to thrive following bilateral above knee amputations. Previously, the gentleman lived at home.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Using Electrical Stimulation to Manage Complications of Diabetes

Posted by ACP on Jun 18, 2019 3:21:12 PM

It is estimated that over 30 million individuals (9.4%) in the US population has diabetes, while more than one in four do not know they have the disease. A staggering 84.1 million adults have pre-diabetes and, of these individuals, 9 out of 10 are unaware of the condition. Diabetes affects multiple parts of the body and causes many complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney dysfunction, diabetic neuropathy, orthopedic problems, gum disease, and eye disease. Managing blood glucose levels, a healthy lifestyle and physical activity can help prevent these complications.¹

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility with Virtual Reality and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Jun 13, 2019 4:51:03 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 83

Diagnosis: Acute Encephalopathy / Chronic Heart Failure / Morbid Obesity

History: This woman was referred to a skilled nursing facility due to declining health, functional mobility, and ability to care for herself. Thirteen months prior, she was hospitalized due to encephalopathy and complications from chronic heart disease, she was then referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation. She had poor adherence and participation in therapy. At that time, her son and daughter-in-law took her home despite requiring assistance for all transfers, mobility, and most daily living activities. Once home, her activity level and health further declined and she was re-admitted to the hospital and subsequently back to the skilled nursing facility. Prior to initial hospitalization, she was able to propel herself in her wheelchair up to 100 feet and was able to assist with transfers and self-care.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Using Medium Frequency Alternating Current (MFAC) Hand Control

Posted by ACP on Jun 12, 2019 5:38:38 PM

ACP’s MFAC Hand Control protocol provides for electrical stimulation-assisted muscle contraction to assist with the development of functional movement of superficial and deep muscles. To maximize the therapeutic effect of the intervention, the electrical stimulation delivered by the MFAC Hand Control protocol should be set to elicit a grade 3-5 muscle contraction and should be administered along with a strong volitional contraction by the patient.

 

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip

Meet Tara Barnes, MPT - Clinical Program Consultant

Posted by ACP on May 24, 2019 3:46:32 PM

What do you do in your free time? 
My husband plays in a band in Memphis, and my daughter plays violin, so music is a big part of our lives!  We travel a lot, especially to go see live music. We also foster for several rescues. We have been a “foster failure” 3 times, so we now have 3 fur babies that on the weekends we love to take to the Tennessee River.  

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Topics: Employee Spotlight

Improving Strength and Functional Mobility After a Stroke Using Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on May 20, 2019 5:21:30 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 71

Diagnosis: Stroke / Left Hemiparesis

History: This gentleman suffered a stroke causing hemiparesis (muscle weakness) to his left leg and arm. After spending a week and a half in the ICU and an additional three weeks in inpatient rehabilitation, he received six weeks of outpatient therapy. Prior to his stroke, this gentleman was independent with all mobility and worked full-time running a heavy equipment corporation.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Electrical Stimulation Intervention to Treat Stroke Related Impairments

Posted by ACP on May 15, 2019 3:15:58 PM

Cerebral vascular accident (CVA), or stroke, affects 795,000 individuals each year and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing 140,000. Approximately 87% of all strokes are the ischemic-type. Additionally, it is the leading cause of serious long-term disability. Individuals who suffer stroke often have communication challenges, dysphagia, pain, edema, depression, limitations in mobility, and impaired functional ability.1,2

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Swallowing Ability Using sEMG and Exercise

Posted by ACP on May 9, 2019 3:50:22 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 79

Diagnosis: Wallenberg - Stroke / Dysphagia

History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services after hospitalization due to a stroke. A feeding tube was placed to address his dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Prior to the stroke, he lived in his assisted living apartment and was able to eat a regular diet.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

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