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Tracker Laser

At Hands of Hope NYC, it is important for us to stay up-to-date with our medical technologies. The Tracker Laser is a new device that allows physical therapists to help patients with strength and proprioception problems following a variety of sports-related injuries and concussions along other conditions.

The Tracker Laser was established to provide a better solution to cervical joint position and motor control testing and retraining. With the recent increase in concussion and closed head injury awareness, there has been an associated rise in the diagnosis of concussion and post-concussive syndrome.

The Tracker system provides Physical Therapists with an important tool in the evidence-based testing and treatment of these clients as well as those with mechanical neck pain and whiplash associated disorders. Tracker laser also helps greatly in any balance instability and a variety of exercises with it can improve balance and coordination in a wide variety of cases.

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Cervical Proprioception Impairment

The area of the spine at the neck region has a delicate system (cervical proprioceptive system) which plays a crucial role in posture and balance. Since neck pain is common but its cause and treatment are hard to narrow down, we have found at Hands of Hope NYC that one of the main problems is the impairment of cervical proprioception and we have sensorimotor tests that we can carry out to evaluate patients with chronic neck pain.

Sensorimotor skills are those we use to take in information about the world through our senses and to develop our body’s movement, or motor, response to that information (if we need to jump out of the way of a speeding bicycle that we see headed our way, for instance). The latest research suggests that exercises such as the Cervical Joint Position which uses accurate laser tracking is very effective in retraining muscle coordination and improving cervical proprioception i.e. helping improve balance and posture. 

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Cervical Joint Position Exercise

Assessment

At Hands of Hope NYC we will demonstrate the procedure with your eyes open until the patient understands the procedure to be performed. The patient closes his/her eyes, or vision is otherwise covered. Position the body segment being tested and then passively position the individual's joint in space.

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