THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THIS RESEARCH ARE THE DESIGN, PROTO- TYPE, DEVELOPMENT, AND EVALUATION OF BODY POSITIONING DEVICES FOR REHABILITATION OF HEAD INJURY, COMA, AND STROKE VICTIMS WHO HAVE SUSTAINED PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT AND NEURO- MUSCULAR DISORDERS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5301
Agency Tracking Number:
5301
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2517 East Nasa Road 1, Seabrook, TX, 77586
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
FRANK L HERSHBERGER
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(713) 334-4978
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THIS RESEARCH ARE THE DESIGN, PROTO- TYPE, DEVELOPMENT, AND EVALUATION OF BODY POSITIONING DEVICES FOR REHABILITATION OF HEAD INJURY, COMA, AND STROKE VICTIMS WHO HAVE SUSTAINED PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT AND NEURO- MUSCULAR DISORDERS. A PRONE POSITION IS DETRIMENTAL TO RECOVERY AND PROMOTES NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS AND PSYCHO- LOGICAL BARRIERS. TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT TO A VICTIM OF SEVERE HEAD INJURY, COMA, AND STROKE. REGARDLESS OF APPARENT STRENGTH AT A GIVEN TIME, THE PATIENT SHOULD BE WORKED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION. STIMULATION AND REACTION OF MUSCLES AGAINST THE PULL OF GRAVITY IS A VERY IMPORTANT TOOLWITH WHICH TO WORK. A PATIENT MAY NOT HAVE THE NEURO- MUSCULAR CONTROL TO RESPOND ON COMMAND BUT WHEN EXPOSED TO AN OFF-BALANCED POSITION, THE MUSCLES WILL RESPOND. CONTINUOUS PROPER BODY POSITIONING FOR WEIGHT BEARING, STRETCHING, AND EXPOSURE TO OFF-BALANCE POSITIONS ON PROPER POSITIONING EQUIPMENT, DESIGNED TO GIVE A PATIENT THE ADVANTAGE OF LEVERAGE, LEADS TO PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENT. PSYCHOLOGICAL SATISFACTION WITH IMPROVEMENTS IS IMPORTANT ASWELL AND A BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO IS DESIRABLE. NEURO- MUSCULAR CONTROL WILL BE REESTABLISHED AND SPASTICITY WILL DECREASE. THE LONG-TERM THERAPEUTIC OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVELOPTHERAPY EQUIPMENT THAT IS REASONABLY AFFORDABLE AND CAN BE EFFECTIVELY MARKETED AND DISTRIBUTED.

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