NeuroCom® SMART EquiTest®
The NeuroCom® SMART EquiTest® assessment and rehabilitation system represents the most advanced balance and mobility assessment and treatment equipment available. The NeuroCom® SMART EquiTest® has specific applications to patients recovering from stroke, concussions, orthopedic or sports injuries. These conditions can restrict freedom of movement and expose the individual to the dangers of falling. The data generated aids clinicians in developing the best treatment for each individual patient.
Patients with balance, mobility and/or dizziness problems are tested on the NeuroCom® SMART EquiTest® which consists of a highly sensitive forceplate connected to a computer. The forceplate measures the patient’s center of gravity and weight-bearing symmetry as they perform various tasks designed to objectively assess functional ability.
Specific testing protocols can isolate the different senses (vestibular, visual and somatosensory) that contribute to balance control and help identify the patient’s balance problem. Other performance tests objectively measure the patient’s ability to safely and efficiently perform mobility tasks that are common in daily life activities.
Patients at the clinic can also perform various exercises on the balance system as part of their therapy. The system includes interactive technology with instant biofeedback, which is displayed on a computer screen to guide and prompt patients during rehabilitation.
The patient’s movements are represented by an icon that tracks exactly how a task is being performed. Targets may appear on the computer screen as the patient attempts to control their icon. The goal is to make the icon reach the targets, much like a video game. The clinician can design targets to encourage specific movements by the patient, thereby helping to build physical stability, endurance and confidence. Patients find the interactive nature of the system motivating as they can see immediate results of their performance.
The equipment is also helping aging patients with balance problems such as dizziness, unsteadiness and falls. According to several medical studies, one-third to one-half of the population age 65 and older fall each year and many of these individuals require costly hospital stays due to fractures or head injuries.
The NeuroCom® SMART EquiTest® is manufactured by NeuroCom® International, Inc. in Clackamas, Oregon.