People suffering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury have been booming exponentially in recent years. Millions of adult Americans opt for physical therapy services, and the rehabilitation centers have been looking for technology to help in the treatment.
Fremont, CA: Commonly associated with video games and fun virtual reality (VR) has entered in physical therapy. VR is adopted to change the physical therapy world for the better. VR therapy exercises are crafted with precise control over the stimulus and the cognitive load that the user experiences. With the help of VR, users are exposed to three dimensions of the virtual world, thus providing an immersive experience that utilizes more of the senses and brainpower, enabling the users to rebuild neurological pathways. This technology is being incorporated in facilities and used as part of a patient's daily therapy plans. It is simple yet the most significant learning curve and not for the patient but also for the therapist. The therapists need to learn everything, and they need each application and exercise.
Data and VR
VR has developed depth data analytics portals to track, measure, and quantify improvements for every virtual reality exercise. The therapists are now able to view measurements in degrees for flexion, horizontal abduction, abduction, lateral shifts, wrist flexion, and much more, including in-game scores and metrics. The therapists can look back and leave with a proven and quantified understanding of how their patient has improved throughout their virtual reality sessions.
VR for At-Home Therapy
The portability and affordability of VR headsets open up new horizons for its use outside of a clinical setting. The options include enabling the doctors and clinicians to assign virtual reality exercises for their patients to do at home. These doctors and patients can access a HIPAA secure portal to view their data and their progress.
The shift to adopting VR technology is happening slowly but surely, as research is further searching for more ways to utilize it and get it in the hands of more clinicians and therapists.