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Monday, April 19, 2010

Robotic Physiotherapist on Development

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 6:40 AM Comments

Patients suffering from brain stroke, often require long term physiotherapy to regain movement of limbs to a near normal level. And, here comes the demand for physiotherapist. It is good news to know that robot is gong to replace man.
In India, patient's relatives learn it from the physiotherapists of the institutions and help the patient to do physiotherapy.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk


Robot trainer benefits stroke patients - study

Study participant
Robots for stroke therapy are also being tested in the UK
Intensive therapy using a robot has helped patients improve arm movement years after having a stroke, according to a US study.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that many patients had improved quality of life.

UK stroke experts said the advance was "exciting" but added that robots were still at early stages of development.

Strokes can leave people with long-lasting disability, which can include limited movement and weakness in upper limbs.

Intensive therapy, starting as soon as possible after the stroke, is the recommended way to maximise the amount of movement recovered.

However, providing the physiotherapist needed for at least a hour per patient per day places large demands on the NHS.

The Brown University trial tested a device called the MIT-Manus, specifically designed to help exercise the upper limbs.

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