Medical-device maker Saebo Retrains Stroke Patients To Regain Use of Hands and Other parts of the Body
Posted Jul 16 2009 11:05pm
The products can help both stroke and other other neurologically damaged patients learn how to use their hands and arms again, and Medicare is now approving. The therapist works with the patient and then it can be used at home as well during the re-training process. Each device is custom sized for each patient.
After a 2 day training session clinicians are eligible to measure, fit Saebo’s dynamic neurological orthoses. The products are also sold outside the US. This is great news and hope for stroke victims with rebuilding muscle coordination. BD
Today, the occupational therapist is a leading force at Saebo Inc., a growing Charlotte company that develops and manufactures rehabilitation products for stroke survivors.
“For years, there were no options,” says Hoffman, Saebo’s president.
They created and patented a line of orthotics — specialized mechanical devices to support weakened parts of the body. The goal is to help patients regain the use of their hands and upper extremities.
The company’s SaeboFlex device, a spring-loaded orthotic that reteaches a patient how to grasp and release objects, is its biggest seller. To date, more than 3,500 therapists have received that instruction. Saebo also has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Greece, with 400 trained therapists. Three employees in Europe support those operations.
“Now we’re at the stage where we want to expand our distribution,” Hoffman says.
The company also has two products under development: a next-generation SaeboFlex and a new device for patients who are unable to use a product called the SaeboStretch.