Innovative Neurorehabilitation Technology
Upon admission to the Neurorehabilitation Program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, patients and their families discuss their goals with our neurorehabilitation team. Together, we develop an individualized treatment plan to reach identified goals and plan of care. We also offer intensive medical care for associated medical problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic renal failure and cardiopulmonary disease.
Together with affiliated specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, our team is committed to innovation in therapeutic techniques, technology and patient care. We provide innovative and evidence-driven rehabilitation by merging manual and technological therapies, including Korebalance, Bioness® and IREX® Virtual Reality.
Our clinical capabilities and outcomes are enhanced by the use of innovative technology.
Korebalance is a computerized balance-training device used by patients with gait difficulties. The device stimulates the brain and nervous system to improve balance, stability, coordination and posture. It improves agility, reaction time and motor control and also improves confidence by decreasing the chances of falling. Korebalance makes workouts challenging, fun and interactive.
Bioness® uses mild electrical stimulation of nerves to encourage the movement of muscles. The Bioness hand rehabilitation systems helps patients get the most out of therapy and reduce complications, including muscle spasms. The Bioness foot drop system uses mild electrical stimulation to lift the patient's foot for safer and easier walking. The device fits just below the knee and aids in walking on flat ground, up and down stairs and on uneven surfaces.
IREX® Virtual Reality uses video technology to simulate an entertaining virtual environment in which patients can practice mobility, improve hand-eye coordination and improve self-confidence. They are immersed in a full-body virtual world where they interact with on-screen images and objects, resulting in improved motivation and increased effort in rehabilitation exercises.
Lokomat® is the world's first driven robotic gait orthosis. Designed to benefit patients with neurological movement disorders, the system consists of the robotic gait orthosis itself and the Levi body-weight support system used in combination with a treadmill. The patient's legs are guided on the treadmill according to a preprogrammed physiological gait pattern, which can be adjusted to accommodate individual needs and rehabilitation goals. The Lokomat is housed at TIRR Memorial Hermann Kirby Glen Outpatient Center.
Our Neurorecovery Program and Philosophy
- Early rehabilitation interventions lead to improved outcomes.
- Recovery is an ongoing process with no time limit. For example, chronic stroke survivors can have improvement with focused, intensive, repetitive therapies.
- Plasticity – Refers to the ability of surviving brain cells to adapt and change post-injury to take over the function of the damaged brain.
- Reorganization – "Rewiring" process the brain undergoes post-injury to create new connections allowing brain cells to assume the function of damaged brain cells.
- Rewiring of the brain and restoration of function, which the brain tries to do automatically, can be helped with therapy.