Effort and repetition matter to regain independence
Rehabilitation In the technology-driven world of today, a patient’s potential should be the only limiting factor to their recovery.
Obstacles such as cost pressure and manpower shortage in rehabilitation facilities should not stand in the way of the “miracles” that patients can achieve with technology-assisted therapy.
The World Health Organization describes rehabilitation as an “active process by which those affected by injury or disease achieve full recovery”. If this is not possible, patients should be able to “realise their optimal physical, mental, and social potential”.
However, rather than receiving therapy until their potential is reached, most patients are discharged as soon as this is considered safe. What’s more, therapy sessions at conventional rehabilitation hospitals are limited by the staff on hand.
Intensity = Repetition x Effort
We believe that the only limitation on a patient’s rehabilitation should be their own capabilities and how far they can be challenged. Cost pressure and too few therapy hours should not factor in. Fortunately, the continual evolution of technology-assisted therapy is gradually eliminating such roadblocks. Robotics and sensor-based therapy solutions are increasingly being used to provide more intense, more effective training. Real-time augmented performance feedback additionally increases the patient participation during training units to maximize the therapy outcome.
“It’s a miracle that I’m actually able to talk to y’all today.”
Take college student, Marshall, for instance; having been run over by a car in January 2016, he was left completely paralysed with C1 fraction of his spinal cord – unable to perform any movements or even speak. Nevertheless, he regained much of his mobility as well as the ability to speak. Marshall calls his recovery as a result of intensive gait therapy training with advanced technologies a “miracle”.
Watch the whole story at hocoma.com/miracle.
Hocoma is committed to improving millions of lives by providing functional and efficient solutions that set the standards for human movement therapy. Founded in 1996 as a spin-off company of the Swiss University Hospital Balgrist, Hocoma is headquartered in Volketswil near Zurich, Switzerland, and today has subsidiaries in North and South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. The medtech company's award-winning robotic and sensor-based devices offer solutions for intensive gait therapy, functional therapy of the upper extremities, robotic mobilization and functional electrical stimulation in early rehabilitation, and functional movement therapy for the treatment of lower back pain.