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What is Complex Rehab Technology?

Complex Rehab Technology products and services include medically necessary, individually-configured manual and power wheelchair systems, adaptive seating systems, alternative positioning systems, and other mobility devices that require evaluation, fitting, configuration, adjustment or programming.

These products and services are designed to meet the specific and unique medical and functional needs of an individual with a primary diagnosis resulting from a congenital disorder, progressive or degenerative neuromuscular disease, or from an injury or trauma.

Primary diagnoses that can require Complex Rehab Technology include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, osteogenesis imperfecta, arthrogryposis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, demyelinating diseases, myelopathy, progressive muscular atrophy, anterior horn cell diseases, post polio paralysis, cerebellar degeneration, dystonia, Huntington’s chorea, spinocerebellar disease, amputation, paralysis or paresis, or any other disability or disease that may require the use of such individually configured products and services.

In establishing the necessity for Complex Rehab Technology products and services, consideration is always given to the person’s immediate and anticipated medical and functional needs. These needs may include, but not be limited to, activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), functional mobility, positioning, pressure relief, and communication and are addressed to enable the individual to accomplish these tasks safely and as independently as possible in all environments the individual is expected to encounter.

The provision of Complex Rehab Technology is done through an interdisciplinary team consisting of, at a minimum, a physician, an occupational therapist and/or physical therapist, and a Complex Rehab Technology Supplier. The team collectively provides clinical services and technology related services. An individual’s medical and functional needs are identified by the clinical team and then these needs are matched to products and configured into custom designed systems by the Complex Rehab Technology Supplier.

Content provided by NCART National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology

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