Cardinal Santos gets robots to treat stroke survivors
Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) becomes the first and only hospital in the country that offers In-Motion Robotic Therapy used primarily to provide rehabilitation treatment for stroke survivors.
Experts used to think that if a region of the brain is damaged, its function is lost forever. However, new studies show that the brain can reorganize itself after an injury. Functions that are lost when nerve cells die can be taken over by other cells. This is the principle behind the In-Motion Robotic Therapy – a revolutionary technology that helps patients relearn arm movements affected by stroke.
This type of therapy can also be used to treat patients with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions.
CSMC Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Chair Dr. Ofelia Reyes explained that the In-Motion Robotics is a more cost-effective therapy because of its intensive nature such that results can be seen in a shorter period of time compared to standard stroke rehabilitation treatments. “And as proven by actual cases of our patients, the effects are long-term and longer lasting. The treatment gives stroke and other neurological patients new hope for a better quality of life,” she said.
The rehabilitation expert cited the experience of CSMC patient 26-year-old Stephen Escalante who suffered from spinal cord injury. After undergoing six months of In-Motion Robotic therapy, he felt significant improvements in his arms. “My arm became more flexible and stronger. It was a big help because no occupational or physical therapist can move my arm with that range for 960 times,” he shared.
CSMC’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offers three kinds of In-Motion robots for patient rehabilitation: a shoulder-elbow robot for improving shoulder and elbow control, a wrist robot, and a hand robot for grasping, releasing and pinching exercises.