Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

There are a variety of tools and equipment designed to help a patient undergoing rehabilitation. Learn about the treatment tools, patient-monitoring systems, and testing instruments supporting physical therapy today.

News : Medical
Maximizing Mobility with Minimum Energy

Studying how primitive man learned to walk upright, say researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, could lead to improved prosthetic lower limbs. Their findings outline a specific interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles, and tendons that improve understanding of...

Features : Medical
Electronic Bodysuit Could Treat Neurologically Impaired

Aspecially-designed elastic bodysuit covered with electrodes, which was designed at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in collaboration with health care and business partners, could be used to help those suffering with brain damage or neurological disorders, such as multiple...

News : Transportation
Tongue Stud Used to Control Wheelchair

Powered wheelchair users, who are paralyzed from the neck down, can control their chair by sipping or puffing air into a straw mounted on their wheelchair to execute four basic commands that drive the chair. But, a new assistive technology, called the Tongue Drive System, can allow users to access...

News : Medical
Improving Motor Skills after Stroke

Using a novel rehabilitation device that converts an individual’s thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living. A multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison built...

Briefs : Medical
On-Command Force and Torque Impeding Devices (OC-FTID) Using ERF

Various machines have been developed to address the need for countermeasures of bone and muscle deterioration when humans operate over extended time in space. Even though these machines are in use, each of them has many limitations that need to be addressed in an effort to prepare...

News : Materials
Metamaterial May Improve Depression

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have shown that the device—a square array of 64 circular metallic coils—could help researchers and doctors...

News : Medical
Anklebot: A Robotic Walking Coach

The ankle is a complex joint, supported by muscle, tendon, and bones, and maintaining stability and locomotion. Characterizing how it works, however, is not so straightforward says a group of researchers from the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

News : Medical
First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg Revealed

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has revealed clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic leg—a significant milestone for lower limb amputees in the rapidly growing field of bionics. RIC's Center for Bionic Medicine developed a system...

Features : Motion Control
Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life

Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility...

News : Medical
September Month-End Industry News

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News : Medical
NSBRI Space Biomedical Research Fellowships Awarded

Five young scientists have received First Award Fellowships from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Through this two-year program, they will conduct biomedical research with the aim of helping to protect astronaut health during long-duration spaceflights. In addition to...

News : Materials
Artificial Muscle Can Lift 80 Times Its Weight

A research team from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created efficient artificial, or “robotic” muscles, which, they say can carry an object 80 times its own weight, and be able to extend to five times its original length when carrying the load—a first...

News : Medical
New Balance Tool to Inexpensively Diagnose Concussion

In the US, there are millions of sports-related concussions yearly, and a large percentage go unreported or undiagnosed because many high school, college, and professional athletes do not report them. Balance tests are the primary method to detect concussion. However, the current means of...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Treatment for Space Atrophy Finding Application on Earth

The lack of gravity in space reduces the mechanical loading seen by both the muscles and bones of the body, especially those related to standing and moving. The body adapts to reduced loading by losing bone mass and muscle mass. In long-duration space flights this leads to “disuse...

News : Medical
Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers

In a small clinical study, researchers at Drexel University, Philadelphia, administered a new method to treat chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a bandage. The applicator delivers low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound directly to wounds, and was found to significantly...

Features : Medical
R&D Roundup: August

Student Device May Help Avoid Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries

During a lumpectomy, surgeons can’t immediately tell whether all the cancer cells were removed. The excised tissue must be preserved and analyzed in a time-consuming process. And, because of this delay, one in five patients must undergo a second surgery...

Features : Medical
Brain Retraining Device for Stroke Rehabilitation

Ateam of researchers in the Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) say that they have created the world’s first brain training device, which can detect brainwaves, and use them to control the movement of limbs paralyzed from...

Features : Medical
Sensory Vibrations Get Stroke Victims Moving

Currently, in the United States alone, there are more than 10 million people whose movement is profoundly limited by diseases of and injuries to the brain and spinal cord. About half of these people are so disabled that currently available therapies are not effective in restoring normal movement....

News : Medical
Student Designs New Type of Cast With 3D Printer

A Victoria University of Wellington School of Design student, Jake Evill, in New Zealand, created a 3D printed alternative to the traditional plaster cast for fractured limbs. Called the Cortex Cast, his design is more lightweight, breathable, and hygienic than fiberglass or plaster casts...

News : Medical
Using Sound to ‘See’

Researchers at the University of Bath, UK, say that a device that can train the brain to turn sounds into images could be used as an affordable and non-invasive alternative treatment for blind and partially-sighted people. The vOICe sensory substitution device uses sounds to build an image in the minds of blind people of...

Features : Medical
Low Cost Respiratory Support System for Newborns

The mission of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Technologies, part of Rice University, Houston, TX, is to bring together faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector partners to design innovative health technologies for poor settings around the world, increase access to...

News : Medical
New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warriors

In the past 13 years, more than 2,000 service members have suffered amputated limbs. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics....

Briefs : Medical
The Next Generation of Cold Immersion Dry Suit Design Evolution for Hypothermia Prevention

A body at sea is vulnerable to hypothermia, which often leads to loss of life. Hypothermia is caused by the differences between the core body temperature and the surrounding air and seawater temperatures. The greater the differences between the body core...

News : Medical
Orthotic & Prosthetic Companies to Aid Boston Marathon Attack Victims

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) launched its "Coalition to Walk and Run Again," an effort to aid uninsured and under-insured victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon terror attack. The bombing killed 3 people and left more than 200 injured, several of...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Preventing Shoulder Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

A new 3-D motion detection system could help identify baseball pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, according to a new study by scientists at the Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL. The laptop computer-based system can be used right on the field.

News : Medical
Inexpensive Device to Prevent Infant Brain Damage

When babies are deprived of oxygen before birth, brain damage and disorders such as cerebral palsy can occur. Extended cooling can help to prevent brain injuries, but, in developing nations where advanced medical care is scarce, this treatment is not always available. To address this need,...

Features : Medical
Diaphragm Pacing Helps Patients with ALS Delay Need for Ventilator

An electronic system that stimulates the nerve of the diaphragm muscles received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or motor neuron disease. The system, called...

News : Medical
Restoring Independent Breathing in Patients on Ventilators

Using a device that supplies humidified oxygen is more effective than a technique that reduces positive airway pressure delivered to the lungs to wean patients from a ventilator to breathe on their own, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The research...

Features : Medical
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
Gothenburg, Sweden

A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts. Prosthetic...

News : Medical
Device Helps Disabled Children Access Tablets

Digital devices can provide games, e-books, and learning apps to everyone who can operate them. But what if you can't work even the easiest of controls? Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, are working with children who have limited mobility that makes it difficult for them to...


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