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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on June 14, 2012

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Offers the Latest in Rehabilitation Technology for Patients

State-of-The-Art Balance Equipment Provided in Collaboration with the University of Maryland

Silver Spring, MD – Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is offering patients recovering from stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders impacting balance, the latest in rehabilitation technology. The TreadSense device, created by kinesiology researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides feedback to people with poor balance so that they may improve their control and prevent future falls. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital is currently the only facility in the nation with this device.

“We are excited to offer this innovative equipment to patients at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland,” says Brent Reitz, Vice President and Administrator for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “Poor balance affects many of our patients and can impact a patient’s return to everyday life. Therefore it is important for us to provide tools that will help improve this balance and prevent falls.”

TreadSense is used with a standard treadmill and consists of a flat panel TV screen, web cameras and a belt/suspender system with tracking markers, worn by the patient. Computer software provides feedback to the user about their performance in real-time.

While using the equipment, patients view the TV screen which portrays either a bulls-eye or an avatar of themselves. As the patient walks, they are able to see how it affects the target on the screen. This visual feedback shows patients and therapists what they are doing incorrectly so adjustments can be made.

“Falls can cause serious injury, yet they are preventable,” says Eric Anson, who is a physical therapist at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and a co-inventor of TreadSense along with Peter Agada, a kinesiology graduate student, and with Kinesiology Professor John Jeka, Mr. Anson’s doctoral research advisor. “TreadSense is unique because it allows us to analyze and correct the balance issues while the patient is in motion, which is when falls typically occur.”

The University of Maryland installed TreadSense at Adventist Rehab’s Silver Spring location in January 2012, so that Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital clinicians could provide anecdotal feedback to the university research team about the design and usability of the equipment.

Future studies with TreadSense may assess the effectiveness of the device in improving balance control among Adventist Rehab patients.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the only hospital in a five-state region to hold accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International in all four specialty areas – stroke, amputation, brain injury and spinal cord injuries.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. The facility first opened our doors in January 2001 to offer specialized inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with functional limitations. Services include comprehensive rehabilitation programs for brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports- related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is part of the Adventist HealthCare, which includes hospitals, home health agencies and other health care services.

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