CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • SAVE THE DATE • October 16-18, 2019 • Boston, MA

 

SAVE THE DATE

OCTOBER 16-18, 2019

BOSTON, MA

 

SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER
October 17-19, 2018 | Boston, MA

Virtual Rehabilitation: Benefits and Challenges

OBJECTIVES:

To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of rehabilitation applications of virtual reality.

METHODS:

VR can be used as an enhancement to conventional therapy for patients with conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems, to stroke-induced paralysis, to cognitive deficits. This approach is called "VR-augmented rehabilitation." Alternately, VR can replace conventional interventions altogether, in which case the rehabilitation is "VR-based." If the intervention is done at a distance, then it is called "telerehabilitation." Simulation exercises for post-stroke patients have been developed using a "teacher object" approach or a video game approach. Simulations for musculo-skeletal patients use virtual replicas of rehabilitation devices (such as rubber ball, power putty, peg board). Phobia-inducing virtual environments are prescribed for patients with cognitive deficits.

 

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