Before/After Pics

Below you'll find several images of conditions before RMI splints, and then immediately after their initial fitting. Contracture management is typically most successful when the process is done gradually, but you can see that some patients respond dramatically. Most restorative patients will need some sort of splinting for the rest of their lives.

Cerebal Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Mr. C, 22 years old, was initially fit with rigid splints at age 11. The rigid splints actually made his contractions worse. His parents did not allow splinting again until they saw the restorative splints that allowed him to flex through contractures. At this initial fitting he was already showing signs of improvement. His shortened tissue would be a gradual effort over a long period of time, but now he could work through his tone and relax. His improved body alignment with decreased tone made it much easier to care for him as well.


Cerebral Palsy Pic 2

Mr. V, 2 years old, has cerebral palsy. When he tries to sit up on his own, his upper body is constantly moving from side to side. He has trouble swallowing and is always at risk of aspirating. He has difficulty with therapy due to his upper body instability. Once the TLSO with Cervical Extension was custom made for him to include an opening for his feeding tube, he was able to sit upright and focus on his environment. Proper head support allowed therapy to perform electrical stimulation for his swallowing. By fitting him at an early age, his spine (including neck) should grow in proper alignment. When his upper body begins to have neurological tone, the same device will help to relax that tone.

Dementia

Dementia

Mrs. B, 84 years old, suffers from dementia. She was considered to be in a fixed fetal position by the medical staff. Surgery to insert a feeding tube was scheduled in 2 weeks. In less than 30 minutes with our TLSO and the cervical attachment, she worked through the tone and was able to reach muscle inhibition. See how she was totally reclined without the head strap even touching her forehead! The nursing staff discovered she would work through the tone in her spine after 15 minutes of wearing the device. They would then remove the headpiece and she would hold her head up unassisted for about four hours -- through breakfast and lunch. The feeding tube was cancelled.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Mrs. P, 60 years old, sustained whip lash injury in a motor vehicle accident. Due to the injury, she developed Torticollis (twisting of the neck) with tone. She was fit with the Kentucky Kollar which allowed her to work through the tone in her neck and relax the affected muscles. At the first fitting, she actually went from the extreme condition (approximately 65 degrees from normal) to normal within 20 minutes. She had tone, but no shortened tissue to work through. With Torticollis, the wearing schedule of the splint should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Stroke

Stroke

Mrs. D, 64 years of age, suffered from arthritis as well as several mini strokes two weeks prior to the first picture. Both index fingers were pulled into extremely distorted conditions. Custom hand splints gradually brought her fingers into proper alignment, as well as allowing her to flex through the tonal contractions. This prevented further deformation and breakdown while also allowing her to maintain some independence and live at home alone by wearing one splint at a time.

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

ALS

Mr. A, 57 years old, is alert and oriented. He has loss of muscle control in his neck and thoractic regions related to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was in danger of falling due to his change in center of gravity. Bringing him to a more appropriate posture allowed him to remain ambulatory. It will also be easier for him to breathe, eat, and see-- not to mention have a better self image!

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Mr. L, 32 years old, suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury that resulted from a motor vehicle accident that happened 3 years ago. He has severe neurological tone which has pulled his body into deformities. His right hand, back, and neck were fit first with restorative splints. The cervical extension enabled him to sit up in a more appropriate alignment and should over time, with daily wear, gradually work to relengthen his tissue.