Largest Rehabilitation Centre in Iran: Handmade Limbs
TEHRAN, 03 July 2020 (2020) - The Iranian Red Crescent Rehabilitation Centre has been providing synthetic organs for the physically handicapped for more than half a century. The center’s activities cover a wide range of services from making prostheses and orthoses to occupational therapy and speech therapy and other services.
Matin, 7, knew Red Crsecent’s Rehabilitation Centre in Tehran when he was only 3. His medical shoes, one with high heels and the other with short heels, made up for the shortness of his right foot compared to the left one and helped him walk more easily.
“It was shortly after Matin’s birth that we found that one of his legs was growing more than the other, making it difficult for him to walk,” says Matin’s father.
“At the same time that we used special medical shoes, we had to start occupational therapy and do certain exercises to strengthen the weaker foot. These exercises help my son, who is growing up, to address this imbalance in growth to a large extent,” he continues.
Matin gets older every day and needs new medical shoes by resizing.“We need both occupational therapy and exercise, as well as physiotherapy. Shoes, too, are usually the right size for Matin’s foot in six months, and they shrink very quickly, and we have to replace them.”
Mohammed Rahimi is exercising with one artificial hand and one artificial leg. He has been accustomed to living with artificial limbs for several years, ever since his car's load hit a high-voltage cable and were electrocuted.
He says:“Although the prosthesis does not replace the normal hand, it solves many of my movement problems. Although I don't have one hand and one foot, I can drive with the help of these devices. Prostheses are made here that can move with the help of the nerves in my hand. The cost of buying this prosthesis is 180 million (Iranian) tomans, which I can buy in this centre at one third of this price.”
Moving the nerve of the hand, which is cut off from the elbow, Mohammad says:“Although I no longer have half of my hand, I can still feel it because of the nerve fibers. For example, I can move a finger that no longer exists in my mind. That is, my brain issues a neural command to move that finger or wrist. It is with the help of these nerve fibres that the doctors here have made artificial prostheses for me and I am waiting for their delivery.”
For the first time in Iran
Orthotics experts carefully shape the plaster molds of artificial foot. These plaster molds are supposed to be an indicator for the construction of orthoses and mobility aids. Minoo Khanali, head of the Orthoses Clinic of Rehabilitation Centre of the Iranian Red Crescent, says:“Most of the referrals to the spinal cord section of the centre are students who suffer deformity of spinal cord because of puberty or wrong sitting habits.”
“In this section, we build orthotics for them to correct their spinal deformities over time. We also teach them exercises and corrective movements to speed up their healing process. Sheno orthoses are a new type of orthoses that were introduced by the Iranian Red Crescent for the first time in the country with an international license and are provided to patients.”
People who have suffered severe injuries or fractures due to an accident are also referred to the Red Crescent Rehabilitation Center under the guidance of doctors so that they can regain part or all of their movement capabilities by receiving appropriate orthoses and prostheses.
The services of this Centre are among the most comprehensive rehabilitation services and there are many facilities here. Many organizations, banks and insurance companies are in contract with the Centre and can use the special insurance services of the centre.