April 26, 2017
The World Health Organization is of the opinion that the number of people who are more than 65 years of age will increase by a huge 88% in the coming years. With this colossal change, numerous age-related health disorders would follow which would need special attention. Cerebral vascular accident, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are some of the most prominent disorders that have been identified to be common among the senior citizens. It should be noted that the people suffering from these diseases require special assistance and care and owing to the cut throat competition and hectic work life of the younger group, it looks almost impossible to find a solution to the problem. However, scientists and researchers in the field of neuroscience and robotics have been farsighted in this aspect and rehabilitation robotics is a perfect example of this.
Rehabilitation robotics are designed to assist various sensorimotor performance and aid in therapeutic training. It has been found to be well tolerated by patients and depending on the adaptability and health requirements of the patient, these robots are built. It can be easily used by both the patients and the therapists, making the therapy more effective besides adding convenience in carrying out daily activities for the patients.
Different types of rehabilitation robots exist out of which the most common ones include the ones which assist extension and external rotation of joints, support the weight of the body and allow movement.
The use of rehabilitation robotics has undoubtedly reduced the constant need of therapist interaction and the dependency of the patients in mobility or carrying out normal body movements which otherwise require assistance. More researches have been focussed on customising these robots at an individual level so that the use of these robots can be more precise and effective.
Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.