Category: rehabilitation

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Learning to walk again

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation  /  Technology  /  trauma

For those who’ve found it hard to walk after an injury or a stroke, technology can help them relearn how to walk. The Ekso exoskeleton is a kind of wearable robot that allows patients to stand and walk. Sensors in the device control its movements as the patient shifts weight. “It’s kind of a training tool to help the patient figure out how to weight shift so that they can get back to the normal pattern of walking,” said Gabrielle Canales, a physical therapist at University Health System’s Reeves Rehabilitation Center, where the device is used. Ms. Canales has been …Read More >

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Making a lifesaving operation even safer

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  rehabilitation

It is one of modern medicine’s great advances — the ability of surgeons to repair congenital heart defects in very young patients.  Over the years, both surgical techniques and technology have improved so that these very sick kids are surviving and living long, productive lives. Dr. Andrew Meyer wants to make that surgery even safer. Dr. Meyer, a pediatric critical care specialist who also is a biomedical engineer, is taking aim at a complication that can arise when some patients are hooked up to heart-lung bypass machines — the devices that make open heart surgery possible. In a small percentage …Read More >

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Fixing a faulty valve

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  rehabilitation  /  Surgery

Healthy hearts need healthy valves. But when those valves start to malfunction, it can cause symptoms that may not lead people to think of the correct cause. “People tend to think that this is old age and they don’t get it checked out,” said Dr. Edward Sako, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at UT Health San Antonio who practices at University Health System. “The patient may feel fine.” Dr. Sako said people face two common problems with their heart valves. One is stenosis, or narrowing, where the valve doesn’t open well. The other is regurgitation, where it doesn’t close well. It …Read More >

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Cloud Walkers reach peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation  /  Surgery  /  trauma

A remarkable journey by a San Antonio-area group ended Tuesday at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Reaching that peak would be an incredible achievement for anyone. But this team of climbers had an additional burden as its members made the 16,000-foot climb. They are amputees, having overcome the loss of arms or legs to injury or disease. The group, named Cloud Walkers, is made up of members of the San Antonio Amputee Foundation. University Health System is a major sponsor of the expedition, which includes former patients and volunteers. The group began the climb Dec. 29. The …Read More >

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A little help keeping your balance

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation

Getting older does not have to mean losing your balance. For some time, Herb Rippa had been feeling dizzy and unable to drive or do other normal activities. He found himself more and more limited in what he could do. Finally he went to an ear specialist who diagnosed him with fluid in his inner ear. After he sought treatment for that condition, he turned to physical therapy at University Health System’s Reeves Rehabilitation Center to help him recover his physical skills. “When you have something that affects your everyday life, such as driving, you need to do something about it,” …Read More >

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Physical therapy study cited in legislative push

Categories: News  /  rehabilitation

A University Health System-led study that examined the benefits of walk-in physical therapy found that those who were able to access a therapist without an appointment required fewer medical tests, resulting in lower costs. Those findings, published in the May issue of the Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration and Leadership, are being cited by the Texas Physical Therapy Association in their push to change state law. Texas is one of only four states that still require a physician’s referral before patients can access physical therapy services, the group says. A bill by a Laredo lawmaker would remove the physician’s referral requirement.   …Read More >

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