Virtual reality in research and rehabilitation of gait and balance in Parkinson disease

In this review authors show today results of VR uses in Parkinson disease rehabilitation and emphasize the lack of large studies on this topic. They also give advices for future studies and clinical trials. This Review examines the rationale and evidence for using VR in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with PD, makes recommendations for future research and discusses the use of VR in the clinic. In the assessment of people with PD, VR has…

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HTC VIVE Technology used in Penumbra’s REAL System for Stroke Patient Recovery

The REAL System is a portable VR rehabilitation solution for upper-extremity rehabilitation that can be used at the patient’s bedside, in a therapy gym, or in a mobile health location. The three main components of the system include the Vive Focus headset, a set of six sensors, and a tablet with the TherapyView™ app that allows the clinician to administer and monitor the therapy session. The REAL System from Penumbra company combine hardware devices and software…

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A Quality of Experience assessment of haptic and augmented reality feedback modalities in a gait analysis system

The findings show statistically significant higher QoE ratings for AR feedback. Also, the number of knee misalignments was reduced after users experienced AR feedback (35% improvement with AR feedback relative to baseline when compared to haptic). Gender analysis showed significant differences in performance for number of misalignments and time to correct valgus misalignment (for males when they experienced AR feedback). The female group self-reported higher utility and QoE ratings for AR when compared to m…

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North Lincolnshire lung patients first in UK to be offered ‘virtual rehab’

In the North Lincolnshire, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) could now use a “VR kit” to help them in the rehabilitation phase. The software part of the kit is developed by Concept Health Technologies. The program is supported by NHS England after a pilote phase with impressive results. GP practices in the region are offering patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) a kit consisting of a VR headset, wearable sensor and…

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Augmented reality game helps stroke victims recover faster

Strokes are not always fatal but victims have to endure hard rehabilitation to recover forgotten abilities. Regan David Petrie, Victoria University masters of design and innovation student, created a AR game (NZ Fauna AR) to help patients for stroke rehabilitation. The classical game elements like rewards and progressive increasing of difficulty are completed by augmented reality to engage even more users. As mentioned in article, preliminary results of a little cohort of stroke victims are…

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