“Thanks for following up with our clinic. We are off to a fast pace already for ‘08 which is great. Here is more feedback on our experience with The Rotater:
The best feature I like is the isolated external rotation passive stretch for our adhesive capsulitis patients. The movements are slow, controlled and specific unlike other alternatives.
I did look on line to see the padding which would be helpful to use. The tubing I do not feel that we need.
One of our patients who had used the Dynasplint passive mobilization system through another facility liked The Rotater better. He also felt the positioning and amount of stretch was more controlled with The Rotater.
My recommendation is that outpatient orthopedic clinics should have the Rotater as an everyday tool for restricted shoulders just as they would have a set of pulleys and arm bike. I believe it will remain as a main stay tool for shoulder rehabilitation in our profession.
The other uses are widespread throughout other fields of PT such as post mascectomy or other neurological conditions. I feel most competent to address the outpatient orthopedic arena. I plan to introduce the Rotater to our physical therapy students in the University of Texas Health Science Center Allied Health program in San Antonio as well.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the feedback for development of your practical tool. Feel free to use these comments in your materials and send a copy to me afterwards, if possible.”
Julie Barnett PT, DPT, MTC
Director of Physical Therapy for Annette M. Zaharoff MD
Adjunct Faculty University of Texas Health Science Center Physical Therapy Dept