When it comes to technology, virtual reality is a hot trend making its way into the medical field.
It’s like a high-tech game, with patients “playing” rehab programs that specifically challenge 24 different deficits.
For example, a stroke patient stretches out a weak arm and maneuvers objects on the screen while at the same time focusing on improving visual neglect. And to improve sequencing and planning of movement, computer-generated prompts and sounds can initiate the activity.
“When you compare yesterday’s rehab to today’s technology, it’s evident that patients are more engaged in their outcomes,” says Brain Rosenberg, physical therapist at Bioness.