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Neuro Rehab Services | Pittsburgh, PA

Neuro Rehab is an interdisciplinary program for patients who have experienced trauma or a medical diagnosis pertaining to the nervous system. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists work as a team to provide comprehensive and individualized care for each patient. Often trauma or a diagnosis of this nature causes physical disability or impairment which alter normal, day to day activities which neuro therapy seeks to improve.

To receive your evaluation and begin discussing your care needs, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is a Candidate for Neuro Rehab?

Our neurorehabilitation specialists focus on the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of numerous disorders of the nervous system. Specific trauma and disorders that benefit from neuro rehab include but are not limited to:

  • Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
  • Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Infections of the brain, such as meningitis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries

What is a Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation Treatment?

The goal of each individualized rehabilitation plan is to restore physical performance and fitness to an optimal level. Critical to the therapy process is the engagement of family or friends to assist in these tasks at home. Depending on your current functional abilities and therapist’s initial evaluation, there are a variety of treatments and recovery exercises you may experience. Examples of treatments include:

  • Mobility improvement exercises
  • Gait and dynamic balance training
  • Home care and safety measures
  • Cognitive improvement
  • Skills and exercises for performance of daily activities
  • Exercises to prevent muscle degeneration
  • Speech therapy exercises

Utilizing a holistic process, Neuro Rehab at ESSMC involves the time and dedication of an experienced team of rehab professionals to help restore your independence and ensure you experience life to its fullest potential.

A New Rehabilitation Technology Using Virtual Reality for Upper Body Rehabilitation

ESSMC now offers the REAL® Immersive System, a new rehabilitation technology that uses virtual reality designed to motivate patients to complete their full course of therapy. The immersive, full presence system can be used to support patients requiring upper body rehabilitation as a result of neurological or musculoskeletal injuries.

An effective rehabilitation program can help patients achieve their ultimate goal of improved cognitive and/or physical function. To be considered effective, therapy must be performed with more intensity and frequency over longer time periods. Data suggests that exercises that engage and encourage patients, as well as vary in type, may affect motivation and, as a result, impact patient compliance.

Virtual Reality and Rehabilitation

Virtual Reality (VR) is a hardware and software technology that has been shown to motivate patients to adhere to their prescribed course of rehabilitation. Furthermore, VR can be used to improve range of motion and induce neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections.

Virtual Reality transports patients to a virtual world in which they feel fully immersed. In this virtual environment, patients view their body as a virtual image (avatar) engaged in activities that would not be feasible in the actual world.

The full presence, virtual avatar mirrors every movement a patient makes in real time, which helps the brain accept the avatar as the patient’s own body.3Virtual reality software also often employs popular video game elements such as variability, rewards, and progress tracking to maximize patient enjoyment and engagement. Collectively, these virtual reality features encourage patient compliance with a rehabilitation plan.

What is the REAL® Immersive System?

The REAL® System is an FDA-cleared, upper body rehabilitation technology that uses virtual reality in a healthcare setting. It creates an engaging world designed to motivate patients to do more sessions over a longer time frame, and to perform exercises with more intensity. The wireless system contains a headset, body sensors, and a tablet that is used by the therapist to administer and monitor therapy sessions. All exercises are performed by adult patients in a seated position, as prescribed and supervised by a therapist.

Want to feel better, play better, and live better with ESSMC? Call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.