Physical Therapy Practice Gets Superior Results Using Wii as Part of an Orthopedic Injury Rehab Program

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Surprise Additional Benefit of using Wii as a Part of Our Rehab Program: Patients Get Excited about Exercise and are Purchasing Wii to Prevent Future Injuries and Encourage Family Fitness!

Injured workers and athletes who are receiving their physical therapy at OnSite Rehab Physical Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia (onsiterehab.com) are spreading the word to their family and friends that they got great results after their injuries, by incorporating Wii into their rehab program. Jan W. Braunstein, PT, CFE and Owner of OnSite Rehab Physical Therapy is thrilled with the response her clinic has had using Wii Fit and Wii Resort games to serve as an adjunct to their physical therapy programs. “When we moved to our new location in 2009, “I knew that I wanted to incorporate two large flat screen TV’s in our gym for Wii Hab. I had read of other therapists using it in different parts of the country and knew that our patients would love it.” said Braunstein. Our experienced physical therapists, Evadne Parkinson, MA, PT and Carol Anne Reynolds, MSPT, choose games that strengthen the muscle groups that we are treating or balance games that challenge an injured patient’s knees, hips, ankles and the stability of the spine. We use the Wii as a reward after we provide our hands on care and the patient demonstrates an understanding of their home exercise programs.

“We have seen patients get cheered on by others in the gym that had a similar surgery or were in their shoes a few weeks earlier and now are much improved. It really helps motivate our patients,” Reynolds and Parkinson said and added that the biggest surprise is how many of their patients have purchased Wii systems to use at home.

Braunstein stressed that “One of our hopes as therapists is that you can motivate injured patients to continue their exercises in order to prevent future injuries. Exercise is a hard sell at times-but the Wii has overcome the boredom associated with daily exercise and patients and their families are now excited about exercise. If more employees exercised and strengthened the muscles that they use daily for their work, employers would reduce work injuries and the associated costs of medical care and time away from the workplace. Families that can exercise together will benefit in many ways from this fun way to get fit!"

For additional information on this exciting approach to physical therapy, please contact OnSite Rehab Physical Therapy at 404-351-5432

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Jan W. Braunstein, PT, CFE