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Advanced technology at Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center helps patients regain their independence TAKING STEPS to RECOVERY
e new rehab center consolidates outpatient services that were previously scattered around the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas campus and adds innovative therapies and advanced technology that are customized to meet each individual patient’s medical needs and accelerate their recovery. “Scripps has long been an essential resource in the community for the care of patients whose injuries or illnesses, no matter how severe, have aected their ability to walk, communicate, perform daily activities or function,” says Gregory Sahagian, MD, medical director, Scripps neuroscience services. “is new, innovative center provides patients with access to world-class, comprehensive rehabilitation services right here in San Diego County.” e new 20,000-square-foot center is equipped with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, for example a vestibular balance system with immersive virtual reality stimulation for evaluating and treating balance problems and other motion sensitivities. ere’s also a ceiling-mounted body-weight support system that lets patients hone their ability to walk, balance and even navigate stairs without the risk of falling.
For people who’ve suffered a debilitating injury or illness, self-sufficiency can seem unattainable. Actions that many take for granted, like driving a car, preparing a meal, or even getting out of bed without help, can become difficult—if not impossible. At the new Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center, patients recovering from orthopedic injury, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, amputation and other conditions have access to state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled doctors, therapists and other staff members to aid in their recovery and get them closer to living independently once again.
ABOVE The rehab gym has a variety of innovative technology and equipment. OPPOSITE TOP The Alter G zero-gravity treadmill provides a low-weight-bearing environment to aid in gradual progression of proper walking mechanics while supporting healing tissues. Patients who have had hip or knee surgeries or replacements may benefit from lower impact on the joints as part of their physical therapy. OPPOSITE BOTTOM Patient Mike Freeman uses the ZeroG Gait and Balance System with a robotic body-weight support system on an overhead track as part of his therapy. This allows for progression with strength and overall functional abilities in a safe, controlled environment.
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