Use of virtual rehabilitation technology will not eliminate the therapist

 

Medical needs in the US, and worldwide are growing with the aging of the population. Technology for the millions of disabled plays an important role in improving quality of care, their access to care and reducing health care costs. Virtual rehabilitation represents such a technology. It provides therapeutic interventions locally or at a distance, using Virtual Reality hardware and simulations. Such therapy has been applied to various patient populations, including musculo-skeletal, post-stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders. Use of virtual rehabilitation technology will not eliminate the therapist. Rather, it will empower the clinician to treat more patients and treat them for longer durations. For the patient virtual reality games are engaging and provide ample feedback on progress.

 

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