Families of patients at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute may face extended stays away from home while their loved one spends weeks - or even months - receiving care. Soon these families may be more comfortable thanks to Willard Hackerman, the late Baltimore businessman, and his wife, Lillian Patz Hackerman. The rehabilitation hospital will break ground today on the latest Hackerman-Patz House, a facility designed to be a "home-away-from-home" for patients' families...
For someone who has lost a foot or leg, getting a prosthetic device is just the beginning of the road to personal mobility. Learning to walk correctly on an artificial limb requires mastering a unique set of balancing skills and muscle coordination. Running on a prosthesis takes a different set of skills and strength.
The "Anklebot" training system uses robotic-assisted exercise to improve ankle function for people who have impaired mobility after a stroke. Many stroke survivors have residual problems with the ankle joint of their affected leg, such that they cannot safely clear the floor and plant the foot as they step forward. This limits their mobility and puts them at greater risk for falling.
The UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is now using a robotic exoskeleton that allows some individuals with spinal cord injuries the opportunity to stand and walk during therapy sessions. The ReWalk™ system works like a high-tech body suit, providing motorized assistance to help paralyzed patients stand up and move their legs. Therapists work with patients on basic skills, such as sitting and standing, before advancing to walking and more advanced techniques such as climbing up and down stairs.
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of two University of Maryland occupational therapists to leadership positions at the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association.