State-of-the-Art Equipment at Walton
Walton Rehabilitation Health System offers leading-edge technologies to assist patients with:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Vestibular/Balance Disorders
- Functional Capacity
The NESS L300 is an advanced functional electrical stimulation (FES) system that stimulates muscles to lift the foot. The NESS L300 senses - in real time - walking position, varying gait speed, and changing terrain.
The NESS H200 is an advanced functional electrical stimulation (FES) system used to enhance function in the hand and wrist. The NESS H200 is a lightweight, comfortable orthosis that is custom positioned to the forearm for the most effective results.
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing or FEES System
FEES System is utilized to evaluate the pharyngeal stage of swallowing. It includes five components: assessment of anatomy as it affects swallowing, assessment of movement and sensation of critical structures within the hypopharynx and laryngopharynx, assessment of secretions management, direct assessment of swallowing function for food and liquid, and response to therapeutic maneuvers and interventions to improve the swallow.
Vital Stim is a form of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), which involves administering electrical impulses to the swallowing muscles via electrodes. This is done in conjunction with traditional swallowing exercises.
The sEMG unit is utilized to re-educate swallowing muscles to contract effectively. The sEMG unit provides visual and auditory feedback, which allows for the patient to monitor his/her performance along with feedback from the therapist. In addition, graphical illustration of the exercises enhance patient learning.
Spinal Cord Injury
FES is a well established rehabilitation technique that involves using controlled pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves, creating muscle contractions and evoking patterned movement in the arms, legs and core. To see the cycle in action with one of our patients, click here.
EasyStand Evolve Glider
The EasyStand Evolve Glider provides the user with state-of-the-art Active Standing technology that can be found in no other standing frame.
This glider is designed for "Active Standing," which provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, the active standing Glider allows users to move the glide handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist), which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs.
Evolve Standing Frame
The optimal standing position has been perfected in the EasyStand Evolve standing frame. By strategically placing the pivot points of the stander to mimic the body's natural pivot points, options like the hip supports, lateral supports, and head support remain in place from sitting to standing, minimizing shear. When positioned correctly, the contoured seat provides a maximum over-center stretch for various body types.
Pressure Mapping System
This pressure mapping system senses varying degrees of pressure placed on parts of the body in sitting, standing, lying down, and any other position. The system allows the healthcare provider and the patient to see a pressure gradient on a computer output. It can be used to encourage the patient to put more weight through one part of the body, to stand with equal weight on the feet, and most often to detect unequal force distribution on the body with prolonged sitting in a wheelchair. This in turn helps to detect risk of and prevent pressure sores leading to increased patient safety and quality of life.
The Primus is able to be set up to test and exercise almost every musculoskeletal condition. The Primus includes a lift system, cable system, upper body and lower extremity system, and task simulator all in a very compact footprint.
Biodex Unweighing System
The Biodex Unweighing System allows for partial weight bearing therapy to be conducted with the assurance of patient comfort and safety. Unlike simple patient lift devices, the Biodex Unweighing System incorporates a dynamic suspension system that accommodates the vertical displacement of the center of gravity that occurs during normal gait.
The Uppertone equipment was developed for people with C4- C5 and below quadriplegia. The Uppertone incorporates all the ability to perform all of the upper body exercises typically utilized in rehabilitation. In addition, once the individual has been educated on the exercises appropriate for him/her, it allows the individual to do these exercises without assistance, and they are able to make all the adjustments, including resistance without hand grip strength, cuffs or assistance.
The pool at WRHS Outpatient Center is the only pool heated pool in the CSRA where physical and occupational therapy is offered.
The MedX Phototherapy System is a non-invasive, low energy device that emits photons, which are absorbed to produce cellular effects and biological changes. These photons temporarily increase micro circulation, resulting in temporary relief of pain and stiffness, relaxation of muscles, decreased inflammation and edema, as well as accelerated healing of injured tissue.
The MedX LCS200 is portable laser that uses laser diodes to deliver Infrared (IR) heat energy for temporary increase in local blood circulation, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains and stiffness, and the relaxation of muscles; for muscle spasms, and minor pain stiffness associated with arthritis.
The key to NeuroCom's Balance Master is Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP), a sophisticated assessment technique to objectively quantify and differentiate among the variety of complex systems involved in balance, including sensory, motor, and central adaptive. Because CDP can identify and differentiate the impairments associated with balance problems, CDP is complementary* to clinical tests designed to localize and categorize medical causes of balance disorders. *CDP was not designed to, nor should it be relied on to, diagnose medical problems or provide site-of-lesion information. NeuroCom's evidence-based approach identifies and isolates specific balance impairments.
More than a screening tool, CDP completes the clinical picture by:
- Identifying and differentiating specific sensory and motor impairments
- Providing objective evidence for effective clinical decisions.
- Training patients via protocols tuned to the impairments specific to each individual
- Maximizing outcomes, assisting patients in resuming activities of daily living
- Documenting progress and treatment results
ARCON FCE Equipment and Software
The Arcon FCE system uses state-of-the-art, automated evaluation tools and software. One of the keys to every FCE system is the software used to collect and summarize data.