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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 8 years ago

Hospital adds options for patients with neurological conditions


Florida Hospital Oceanside and Memorial Medical Center have added new alternatives for patients with extremity issues.


After receiving chemotherapy for lung cancer, Patricia Coughlin, 81, of Ormond Beach, had a drop in her activity level, which caused leg weakness and gait problems. During physical therapy sessions at Florida Hospital Oceanside, however, she is now able to walk again.

Coughlin, like many patients who suffer from extremity issues caused by stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or spine injury, now have more local treatment options, according to the hospital.

The L300 Foot Drop System delivers muscle stimulation to help patients walk more naturally, with increased speed and balance. A built-in heel sensor detects when a foot is on or off the ground, helping to control the knee.

The H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System by Bioness helps patients with hand paralysis improve their grasp, by reducing muscle spasms and increasing circulation.

“Mobility issues affecting the upper extremities ... (make) it difficult to perform many functions of daily living, from the ability to dress … to opening a bottle of water,” said Deb Mansfield, lead therapist at Peninsula Rehabilitation Center. “The more patients are able to be active and integrate therapy into their day-to-day lives, the better their outcomes are.

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is the only licensed, in-patient comprehensive medical rehab facility in Volusia.

The hospital also recently announced Sedope Kunutsor as its new cancer registry manager. The data Kunutsor collets is sent to state and national registries. Kunutsor was born in Ghana and has lived in London, Chicago and North Carolina.

Call 872-4161.

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