Guthrie’s Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy staff in Sayre have introduced a new computer-based exercise program to improve function in patients with hand, arm, shoulder impairments.
The E-Link Exercise Module offers progressive resistive exercise for patients using computer-generated tasks like turning handles, sqeezing a key, and gross grasp. The program calculates all strength/endurance values to set a baseline for flexibility, range of motion and strength. This measurement is then used to define the parameters for exercise in the activity section of the program.
The activities are applicable to a wide variety of clinical applications. Various modules work for patients with neurological involvement, such as early stroke rehabilitation and a multitude of orthopedic conditions. More challenging tasks are selected as the patient progresses.
The staff finds that the patient is more engaged for longer periods of time because the therapy has relevance to their everyday lives.
Any questions on this hand therapy program can be referred to Jim Wagner OTR/L,CHT,CSCS at 570-887-4801.