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Software Improves Rehabilitation Techniques

By The Engineer (United Kingdom)

May 17, 2010

Clear and simple visualizations of biomechanical data could improve rehabilitation after a stroke, accelerate the recovery from joint replacements, and prevent older people from falling, according to United Kingdom researchers.

University of Strathclyde professor Philip Rowe is leading an initiative to develop bespoke software for capturing biomechanical data and presenting it in a way that would assist health care professionals in their effort to communicate movement information to patients. Currently, movement information is only available in graphical, tabular, or numerical form. The software would work with Strathclyde's specialist motion analysis system and portable motion sensors.

"By using animation, we can enable patients to visualize a movement, and how it affects their body," Rowe says.

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