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New Advanced Rehabilitation Equipment Helps Clients Get Back To Work

New Advanced Rehabilitation Equipment Helps Clients Get Back to Work

At Northwest Return to Work (NWRTW), we treat injured workers whose lives have been significantly impacted due to a work injury. Our goal is to get them back to work by helping them overcome their injuries, and in some cases learn how to do their job in a new way. Which is why we have invested in Advanced Rehabilitation equipment.

Our therapists and support staff understand the impact of lost time on the job, loss of income, and unsettled claims for both the injured worker and the insurer. With this in mind, we base our treatment on each client’s ability to perform the physical components of his/her job, we help them relearn these abilities, and get them back to work.

NWRTW in Lynnwood, WA, is focused on rehabilitating and reintegrating clients into specific work settings. Combined with our staff’s expert knowledge of job simulation, our custom designed facilities allow for realistic, graded performance of job specific tasks that allow our clients to practice more difficult job skills as their physical capacities improve.

Which is why we are excited to share some of our latest simulation equipment!

The Virage Driver Simulator

The Virage driver simulator is used for a wide range of rehabilitation needs. The simulator features a library of clinical activities that support progressive functional exercises, which target a client’s underlying sensory, cognitive and/or motor abilities that are required not only for driving, but also for other essential activities of daily living.

Ways the Virage Driver Simulator Improves Functionality

  • Sensory-related functions that can be exercised and measured using interactive tools include, visual perception and information processing, visual-motor integration, visual fields, and proprioception.
  • The simulator provides unique tools for evaluating cognitive abilities, such as strengthening cognitive skills related to divided and selective attention, working memory, problem solving and anticipatory thinking.
  • Therapists also use the simulator to assess and help rehabilitate clients’ motor function. Interactive exercises and driving scenarios target clients’ physical strength, reaction time, control, endurance, and neuromuscular reeducation of movement and coordination.
  • In addition to evaluating a client’s sensory, cognitive and motor functions, the driving simulators’ realistic tools and scenarios provide a safe environment for testing a patient’s actual driving skills and allow therapists to make more accurate evaluations of a client’s readiness to drive.

The Biodex Balance SD – A Balance System that Works!

The Balance SD is a training platform with large touchscreen display for static balance testing and training. This efficient and versatile balance and training device is a powerful rehabilitation tool that can be used across a broad scope of populations for general orthopedic and neuromuscular rehabilitation and reconditioning. It provides simple, efficient, balance screening and is ideal for helping someone recover from an injury so they can return to normal activity.

The Biodex Balance System has been designed to meet the needs of anyone looking to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone and treat a wide variety of pathologies. It provides a fast, accurate fall risk screening and conditioning option, a weight-bearing assessment and balance training for lower extremity injuries. Additionally, the balance analysis and balance training can enhance kinesthetic abilities that may provide some degree of compensation for impaired proprioceptive reflex mechanisms following injury.

At Northwest Return to Work we believe occupational roles are essential to productive living. We are always looking for new ways to help our clients achieve their best functional capacity as they transition back into the role of worker, and this new advanced rehabilitation equipment is part of that commitment.

Click for more information regarding our Job Simulation program.

Josh Cobbley, OT

CEO, Northwest Return to Work

To make a Referral click HERE.

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