Effectiveness of virtual reality on balance ability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury: A systematic review
ConclusionsThe preliminary findings showed that the influence of VR training on the balance ability in patients with incomplete SCI is promising. Applying 12 to 20 sessions of 30 to 60 min of VR training may show meaningful effects. Further randomized controlled trials strongly needed.
Conclusion: Evidence gathered from this systematic review of literature is inconclusive due to the lack of research focusing on those with tetraplegia. Higher power studies (level 1-3) are needed with the focus on those with tetraplegia. PMID: 32043944 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Spinal Cord, Published online: 22 January 2020; doi:10.1038/s41393-020-0422-xCo-development of a physiotherapist-delivered physical activity intervention for adults with spinal cord injury
Conclusions: Dissociation of age, cognition and QOL occurred with SCI. Divergence between EQ-5D QALY and VAS suggests that individuals with SCI may recalibrate personal assessments of QOL in ways that minimize the importance of mobility impairment. PMID: 31914347 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusion: This study opens the way for future researchers, psychologists, physiotherapist and other practitioners to do more extensive work in the domain of virtual reality with different sample, constructs and approaches.Implications for rehabilitationIt has become increasing important to introduce new state-to-art technologies in domain of rehabilitation.People are reluctant to use all the traditional modes of treatment. As these conventional ways of treatment are least motivating and interesting to indulge the patients without force and burden. It is evident in the present study that addition of virtual reality-based ...
Conclusion: The 13-point MMT is a reliable measure of strength in the wrist extensors and elbow flexors of people with tetraplegia. PMID: 31674263 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
A paraplegic man made the first kick of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014; another paralyzed man was able to move all four of his limbs through mind-control, and yet another could walk down the aisle with the love of his life due to robotic structures called exoskeletons. These are just a few mind-blowing and heart-warming stories about their current power, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet. We looked around what exoskeleton technology can do today and what it promises for tomorrow. Exoskeleton becomes as real as a donut Remember the huge mechanic beasts fighting against the indigenous people on m...
Authors: Faulkner J, Martinelli L, Cook K, Stoner L, Ryan-Stewart H, Paine E, Hobbs H, Lambrick D Abstract Objective: To investigate the effect of a short-term, robotic-assisted (exoskeleton) gait training (RGT) program on central and peripheral hemodynamic measures in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Design: Parallel group, non-randomized trial with before (baseline) and after (follow-up) assessments. Setting: Single-center, community-based neuro-physiotherapy practice. Participants: Twelve individuals with SCI (ASI A to C). Interventions: Participants completed either a 5-day RGT program plus physiotherapy...
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Conclusion: In the studied population the knowledge of causality and consequences of AD presented by undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapists was low. Lower test scores were associated with a lower level of professional education achieved, having an outpatient practice only and having fewer patients with spinal cord injury. Efforts should be made to improve undergraduate and postgraduate education on AD of physiotherapists. PMID: 31403393 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusion: The mini-BESTest is a reliable tool to assess standing balance in adults with an SCI. A minimal change of 4 points on the total scale is needed to be confident that the change is not a measurement error between two sessions or two raters. PMID: 31156010 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]