Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
I recently used the SaeboStim Micro with a patient in his seventies who had a stroke (CVA) four months prior. He was receiving inpatient rehab at our skilled nursing facility. He had made significant progress regaining motor function but continued to have impaired sensation in his hand. He reported a continuous tingling feeling. He also had difficulty distinguishing different sensations (sharp, dull, smooth, soft, hard, etc). This made many daily tasks harder. For example, buttoning a shirt took concentration as he struggled to feel the difference between the hard button and the pliable cloth. Many other tasks similarly took extra effort and time.
Monday, October 16th, 2017
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Following a neurological injury or disease, it is common for clients to experience impaired arm and hand function resulting in decreased sensation and/or strength. If the arm has limited use, this may lead to impaired communication to the brain, which includes sense of touch, feel, or awareness of movement.
Monday, March 20th, 2017
I am 43 years old and was recently the victim of severe stabbing. My forearm was cut all the way to the bone, severing two of the three major nerves in my arm. If it hadn’t been for the kindness of a stranger, I would have bled to death. In the first five days after the stabbing my doctors performed three surgeries on my arm. Afterwards, I was left with almost no feeling in my hand and very little functionality in my forearm or hand. My fingers had curled up into a fist, or what my doctors called a “claw hand.”
Friday, February 24th, 2017
SaeboStim Micro equips users with world’s smallest stimulator to work towards mobility and function
Charlotte, N.C. – Saebo, Inc. announces today the official launch of the SaeboStim Micro, innovation created to improve the lives of individuals suffering from impaired neurological function after events like a stroke.
Individuals early in the stroke recovery process only use their involved upper limb less than three and a half hours per day. Moreover, patients undergoing rehabilitation early on receive approximately four minutes of activity-related arm training during therapy. “The limited stimulation to the affected upper limb leads to further decline in recovery and function,” says Saebo Co-Founder, Henry Hoffman. “Research shows that providing evidence-based solutions, such as sensory electrical stimulation (SES), to a neurologically impaired client can be beneficial to the recovery process.”
Monday, November 21st, 2016
Dr. Richard Bohannon, Professor of Physical Therapy, Campbell University
I began following a patient with major sensory loss on the left side one year following his stroke. Over a period of several weeks, I repeatedly tested his sensation. I tested his proprioception using the “thumb find” test. This is a test that requires the patient to be able to find and grasp the thumb of the involved side using the “good” hand (while not looking). This was a big challenge for my patient who was only able to find his thumb indirectly and with difficulty. I tested the patient’s touch sensation using a touch localization test, in which he was asked point to where he was being touched on his involved side. He had no idea he was even being touched.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
I have recently been working with a patient on our inpatient stroke unit whose status was asensory. When we began to work together, his left hand was absent of all sensation and he had very little spontaneous use of his left arm or shoulder. However, soon after we began using the SaeboStim Micro, this patient found an immediate sense of hope and relief based on near immediate results. By the second session, he demonstrated improved coordination in grasp and release exercises. A box and blocks assessment clearly showed what a difference the glove was making. Without it, he scored 7 blocks per minute; with the glove on he scored 11 blocks per minute. After just two weeks of working with the SaeboStim Micro, this patient was able to brush his teeth with the affected arm! He was in awe and astonished by what was happening. He can now sense the difference between hot and cold based on surface immersion.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Two years ago I experienced a stroke that resulted in left-sided weakness and loss of all function and sensitivity in my left hand. The lack of sensitivity in my hand was so extreme that at one point, when I was pulling something out of the oven, I started to smell burning flesh. I looked down and saw that my hand was laying on the coils of the oven without my awareness. The result of this was a second-degree burn. The loss of my hand function was already devastating enough; I became frightened that with continued accidents my hand would be damaged beyond repair.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
While everyday objects like clothespins and cups still play crucial roles in most patients’ journeys toward recovery, new technology is constantly changing the rehabilitation game. From video chats with doctors to robotic gloves and interactive video games, stroke recovery and rehabilitation tools have come a long way in the past decade. This new stroke recovery technology is helping link neuroplasticity and learning. A key part in recovery from a stroke.
This new stroke technology gives patients more repetitions, practice time and intensity compared to previous movement trainings. Not to mention this new technology is also more interactive, attention grabbing and really helps motivate the patient. These new technologies are really helping harness the brain’s ability to repair itself in ways that haven’t been seen before.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Every stroke is different, and every patient’s stroke recovery experience is, too. Just as your symptoms depend on the severity of the stroke and treatment you received, your ability to regain certain functions and work toward recovery will also depend on a variety of different physical factors. However, it helps to know a little more about what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.
You’ve learned about the different stages of stroke recovery, but in order to simplify this experience and improve recovery odds, it’s important to understand more about each stage. If a patient or loved one has recently experienced a stroke and lost motor control on one side of their body, they’re probably in Stage 1 of their recovery process.
But what exactly does “Stage 1” mean, and how can patients and their caregivers navigate this first chapter of the journey toward recovery? Let’s start by breaking down the nature of this first stage. After you understand the basics of your Stage 1 progress, start applying some of the most helpful recovery techniques to reach the second stage.