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Power Assist from a Proactive Perspective

Power assist is often discussed hand in hand with shoulder injury or shoulder pain. What if the discussion was different? What if power assist was considered a proactive part of manual mobility to enhance health and function? Curtis Merring, OT, MOT, and Director of Portfolio Marketing at Permobil, spoke with Laurie Watanabe for a Mobility…

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A Year in Review: Permobil Webinar Series 2020

It’s safe to say this last year has been out of the ordinary. This has created many new challenges, requiring us all to adopt new ways of working. To help support clinicians, ATPs, providers, and the people who use our products, Permobil Academy offered even more virtual education opportunities during the year than before. Listed…

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A SmartDrive Interview with Brandon Oney

Since we have launched the PushTracker E2 and SwitchControl, we hope more people have been able to integrate a power assist device into their manual mobility routine. We love having the opportunity to share our mobility solutions with the world, and it’s even better when one of the people who uses our products is willing to…

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SmartDrive MX2+ App Update: Improved PushTracker E2 Performance

As an occupational therapist who worked in seating clinics throughout my career, I always appreciated technologies that were innovative and improved by user feedback. Now, as the Director of Market Development for TiLite and SmartDrive, I get to help answer the challenge of integrating user feedback into product development and product updates. The PushTracker E2…

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Rolling Wisely: How To Mindfully Move With A Spinal Cord Injury

When describing how I manage and live with a spinal cord injury, I often use the term “mindful movement.” I have come to understand that I must be aware and precise with how I move and treat my body to prevent further injury that would most certainly compound the difficulty I already live with. These…

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Exploring The PushTracker E2 with Aaron Baker

Four years ago my friend let me demo her SmartDrive & PushTracker, and within 10 minutes of using it, I knew it would change my life. Fast forward to today, and I have explored over 40 cities in the United States, discovered 3 countries, and traveled independently for business all because of the original Smart…

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Justifying a Power Assist Device

Part 4 in our series about Power Assist Devices. For more information about power assist devices, check out: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Anytime there is a need for complex rehab technology, it’s important to understand the criteria for reimbursement and how to justify it appropriately. This is important because once you’ve identified that a client…

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Different Client Populations & Power Assist Applications

Part 3 in our series about Power Assist Devices. See Part 1 and Part 2. Now that we have a better understanding of the potential applications of power assist outside of the traditional “shoulder pain” or “long distance” needs – we can move into specific population considerations. We discussed in week 1 of this blog…

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Could I benefit from a power assist device?

Part 2 in our series about Power Assist Devices. See Part 1 here. This week we are continuing our blog series on power assist devices. Last week we looked at contributing factors to upper extremity impairment in manual wheelchair users, and this week we will be focusing on how to determine if a power assist device…

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