Friday, November 28th, 2014
Before I co-founded Saebo, I was a practicing occupational therapist specializing in non-operative orthopedic medicine and manual therapy of the upper quadrant. While working at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, part of my caseload was dedicated to orthopedic rehabilitation including the treatment of overhead athletes. Through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM), I received my post-professional education training on diagnosis specific musculoskeletal management.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
I have been a Saebo certified Occupational Therapist for two years. One of the things that impresses me the most about Saebo is that their products are made uniquely. The SaeboFlex, was the first device that I encountered in my twenty-three years as an Occupational Therapist that truly allowed my patients to open their hands and achieve a functional grasp and release from the moment the orthotic was fitted to them. The lack of hand function for stroke survivors using other orthoses has always been extremely frustrating for me. I’ve seen amazing results in reducing hypertonicity and regaining function with the Saebo products. I have watched patients who had extremely limited shoulder motion show a more rapid increase in shoulder function as they reached to grasp items while using the SaeboFlex/Reach than with any other product.
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I just received my SaeboGlove in the mail and I have been going to my physiotherapist twice a week now for three weeks and things are coming along EXCEPTIONALLY well. Today’s workout was just stunning. I had great strength and control and I’m really getting accustomed to it. By the way, when other therapists and their patients see me working out, they are absolutely amazed.
You have to understand that this is a scary premise for me. I could have gone the rest of my life with a non-functioning left hand. But now, I know that I will have significant use of it for the rest of my life. I never dreamed that would happen. My therapist tells me that at the next session he wants me to take the glove home after that and start working at home. I will, however, still be going twice a week for the next three weeks.
John Humphrey, Stroke Survivor
Whether you are a caregiver, occupational therapist or even a stroke survivor yourself, Saebo provides stroke survivors young or old access to transformative and life changing products. We pride ourselves on providing affordable, easily accessible, and cutting-edge solutions to people suffering from impaired mobility and function. We have several products to help with the stroke recovery and rehabilitation process. From the SaeboFlex, which allows clients to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy or at home, to the SaeboMAS, an unweighting device used to assist the arm during daily living tasks and exercise training, we are commitment to helping create innovative products for stroke recovery. Check out all of our product offerings or let us help you find which product is right for you.
Monday, May 19th, 2014
At 31 years old, Mimi Duffy quickly found herself in a fight for her life.
On the morning of January 15, 2012, she awoke to what she believed was a common migraine headache. However, the ordinary soon turned into the extraordinary after her husband found her unresponsive on their bed.
A CT scan at the hospital showed substantial bleeding in the area between her brain and the thin tissue that covers it, otherwise known as the subarachnoid space. Unbeknownst to her loved ones, Mimi had suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke in her brain stem, paralyzing her entire right side.
Shannon Scott, OTR/L
Monday, May 5th, 2014
There is alot we still don’t know about what constitutes “best practice” when it comes to neurorehabilitation and how to affect optimal recovery and outcomes, but there are some things that we do have a better understanding of. Let’s take stroke recovery and rehabilitation as an example, specifically upper extremity (UE) recovery, since it is reported that at least 50% of individuals who suffer a stroke have UE involvement and impairments (though the numbers vary depending on which study you are reading).
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
One month after celebrating my 30th birthday, I found myself coping with the aftermath of a stroke that had significantly impaired the upper left side of my body. Unable to move my affected arm and hand on command, everyday tasks such as opening a bag of cereal, tying my shoes, or carrying groceries suddenly became impossible. That is until my therapist introduced me to the SaeboFlex.
Friday, March 28th, 2014
I served on Active duty with the US Army for nine and one half years and served two tours of combat in Iraq. I got out of the Army in April of 2006 and then enrolled at Columbus State University to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry degree. I was working full time and going to school full time. Almost a month before I graduated, I was on campus conducting some research for my Senior Chemistry project. As I was in the lab, I began to experience a significant headache. Unable to continue working, I left campus and went home for the night. When I got home, I took some aspirin and lay down to get some rest.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
My stroke occurred August 27, 2008. I was alone in my new apartment. No one knew my address yet because I had just moved a few weeks before. I stayed home from work and slept all day because of a splitting headache that had begun the day before. I got up from my bed briefly, and as I tried to return, I collapsed. I couldn’t stand up or move the left side of my body. I did an “army crawl” to my bedroom to get my cell phone. I got the cell phone, but could not decipher anything on it. I texted a friend to call an ambulance, thank goodness for autocorrect, because I couldn’t remember how to spell. That friend was able to get my mother on the phone and since my mother knew my address, she was able to rush over from work. She climbed a very tall gate to get access to my back door, which she broke down with her hip. She knew something was wrong because I wasn’t answering my doorbell. As I sat there on the floor, I remember hearing the doorbell and trying to call out for help, but no words came out and I couldn’t get up. She found me on the floor. I remember smacks in my face, “Anna get up.” Then the very next thing I remember is waking up in the ICU from a coma being told that I had a stroke days later.
Shannon Scott, OTR/L
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
According to the American Heart Association (AHA, 2013) stroke can occur at any age however recent studies indicate that over the past 15 years there has been an increase in the incidence of ischemic stroke occurring in young adults (George, Tong, Kuklina, & Labarthe, 2011). Risks associated with increased obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and tobacco and alcohol use have been proposed factors contributing to this rise (George et al., 2011). With increased rates of survival, younger individuals are living longer with disability and the direct and indirect costs associated with healthcare and lost productivity can be significant (George et al., 2011; Wolf, Baum, & Connor, 2009). According to AHA (2013), loss of earnings is projected to be the highest costs associated with stroke.
Shannon Scott, OTR/L
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
The term “evidence based practice” is now ingrained in our clinical knowledge and discussions though there still remains a gap between knowledge and actual implementation of evidence based interventions. Much research has been done on why this gap persists in order to find methods of bridging this gap. I recently read an article by Fleming-Castaldy & Gillen (2013) in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy that discussed some of these issues. As Director of Clinical Services at Saebo Inc, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction when reading this article as it fully validates that Saebo is providing current and evidence based education and products. I will provide a summary here but strongly advocate that clinicians working in neurorehabilitation should read this article.