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Multicervical Unit

multicervical.jpgThe Hanoun Medical, Inc. Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) is the most comprehensive cervical spine evaluation and rehabilitation system available in the world. The Multi-Cervical is a digitally interfaced system that allows for the real-time recording of cervical spine movement and isometric strength in more than 1,000 unique positions. The system also features a dynamic strengthening program for cervical spine conditions. A significant need exists for effective and reliable evaluation and treatment of cervical injuries. Traditional treatment programs have relied upon rest, medication and manipulation practices; however, the results have been limited, as an emphasis was not placed upon the functional restoration of the neck.

The Multi-Cervical enables the clinician to evaluate and restore strength and function of the cervical spine. The system has been used with remarkable success and has been featured on television news programs across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

The patient population includes individuals seeking treatment for whiplash-associated disorders, muscle-tension headaches, general neck pain and upper extremity related conditions involving cervical disc compression. According to the continuing outcome studies being conducted, over 75% of the patients treated on the Multi-Cervical have responded positively and demonstrated progress toward full recovery. Strength gains averaged 105%, and over 98% of functional gains were maintained six months after treatment.

Cervical spine evaluations, and the associated rehabilitation programs, provided to patients sustaining motor vehicle, workers compensation and sports-related injuries, as well as conditioning and wellness programs represent another major revenue source for the evalNET® centers using the Multi-Cervical System. Recently, a facility located in the Southeast region of the United States promoted the whiplash evaluation and treatment program and received 18 referrals within the first week of commencing the provision of the service.

The unique capabilities of the technology and the rehabilitation benefits to the patients have been featured on many local television newscasts. This result can be replicated for your facility as a Hanoun Medical client and a member of the evalNET® provider network.


stretch.jpgWhat is the Hanoun Multi-Cervical Unit?
The Multi-Cervical Unit is the most comprehensive cervical evaluation and rehabilitation system available in the world. It provides for the assessment of range of motion (flexion, extension, rotation, lateral flexion) with range limiters where applicable, isometric strength (570 different positions), and dynamic strengthening with weight ranges from one-quarter of a pound to 50 pounds.

What are the advantages over similar equipment?
The Multi-Cervical Unit provides the evaluation and/or rehabilitation professional with custom capabilities to assess strength and range of motion. It also allows for the combination of movement patterns (or i.e., 20 degrees of rotation while performing cervical flexion activities). Furthermore, as the system's software is written in a Windows-format, the ability to design custom reports, as well as to use the menu of standardized report formats, greatly enhances the Multi-Cervical Unit's utility to the professional evaluator.

What is the difference between a standard and a Multi-Cervical Unit assessment?
The MCU provides the evaluator with the most accurate measurement tools for range of motion. The system measures range of motion in all planes to one-tenth of a degree. It also provides real-time measurement of the movement pattern in order to document the reproducible evidence of effort variance over the course of time (e.g., slow v. fast movement patterns, "hitching" movement patterns, etc.). Strength measurements are provided on a real-time basis and are measured in one-tenth pound increments. Traditional strength measurements of the cervical spine are conducted using manual muscle scale (5-point grading) and do not allow for subsequent comparison of results. To summarize, the Multi-Cervical Unit enables the clinician to conduct a highly accurate, objective evaluation.

How does the Multi-Cervical Unit enhance the traditional therapist's or chiropractor's method?
The MCU is a restorative, as opposed to manipulative, approach to the treatment of cervical spine injuries. The MCU and its rehabilitation program are designed to increase cervical range of motion and strength, while providing the practitioner with the documentation to track progress and make the necessary modifications to the treatment program. In laymen's terms, it is an assessment and rehabilitation program for the neck that may or may not be used in conjunction with manipulative approaches to treatment.

laughing.jpg Are there any success stories / testimonials supporting the Multi-Cervical Unit and treatment protocols?
The MCU has been featured on many different television programs highlighting the remarkable outcomes achieved due to the protocols and programs associated with the Unit. The MCU can be and has been included within the treatment plan in workers' compensation, non-motor vehicle personal injury cases, motor vehicle and sports injury situations.

How reliable is the Multi-Cervical Unit?
The MCU is an extremely reliable testing system. Both from the standpoint of university-based reliability studies and the accuracy of the data collected. The calibration and verification features of the system ensure accuracy and reliability, contributing to the legal defensibility of the treatment and performance data collected.

What is the latest research on the Multi-Cervical Unit?
The Multi-Cervical Unit is currently involved in studies through Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia; Washington University at St. Louis, School of Medicine, Program on Physical Therapy, St. Louis, Missouri, and the United States Army. Independent studies are also being conducted by users of the MCU in conjunction with specific impairment populations.

How long does it take to complete an evaluation?
Evaluations range from 15 minutes to 1 hour (over the course of one or two days). The nature of the evaluation is the primary determinant as to the length of testing time spent testing. The report-writing aspect of the Multi-Cervical Unit takes 10 to 15 minutes, and the preparation of graphs and charts are automatically formatted into the program.

How long does it take for a treatment?
Treatment sessions generally range from 15 to 45 minutes in duration. Treatment frequency is usually 3 times per week for a period of 6 weeks. The treatment program is based upon the severity of the injury and progress in treatment

Rotation is performed in neutral planes or in combination with fixed flexion or extension positioning image003.jpg image004.jpg image005.jpg
Extension is performed in neutral planes or in combination with fixed rotation angles image006.jpg image007.jpg image008.jpg
Flexion is performed in neutral planes or in combination with fixed rotation angles image009.jpg image010.jpg image011.jpg
Lateral Flexion, left and right, is performed in neutral angles image012.jpg image013.jpg image014.jpg
Lateral Flexion, left and right, is performed in various fixed rotation angles image012.jpg image015.jpg image016.jpg
Protraction and Retraction are performed in neutral planes or in combination with various fixed rotation angles image017.jpg image018.jpg