Physical Activity and Wearables – Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Gait Up PhysiGait®

By providing patients with an instant biofeedback, wearables not only have the possibility to prevent injury and overuse but also to optimize training – which becomes of special interest in rehabilitation where exercising optimally is paramount for your health. We gathered what applications are there for increasing a patient’s rehabilitation process.

Next Generation Optoelectronics
Drug-free pain relief can get you back in action fast, without side effects’ risks and dangers. The Care­Wear light patch produces blue and red light to re­duce pain and improve tissue recovery by increasing local blood circulation and elevating tissue tem­perature. The FDA cleared (and soon CE marked) patches emit wavelengths of light that warm tissues to relax muscles, stimulate increased nitric oxide production to improve circulation, de­crease inflammation to relieve pain, and stimulate energy production to improve cellular function that facilitates healing and repair.

Bring gait analysis out of the lab using wearable sensors
Movement analysis is a major driver when it comes to performance tracking and improvement. Making sense of motion for therapeutic virtual reality in various applications is the mission of Gait Up. Gait, i.e. walking or locomotion, is our 6th vital sign and its analysis helps diagnose a wide range of neurological and orthopaedic disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, or osteoarthritis. Yet there are several limitations to the current Motion Capture Laboratory gold standard: high cost, long procedures, and biased patterns. Gait Up is introducing PhysiGait®: the fully accurate medical wearable solution for a point-of-care gait analysis. It improves clinical outcomes and reduce costs.

Gamified physical rehab: Better outcomes for patients & higher revenue for rehab centers
Raccoon.Recovery is a toll for physical rehabilitation after injuries or neurological disorders. The patient is treated with a hand controller and 3D motion sensors by playing video games. By adopting this innovative approach with remote monitoring and treatment correction, rehab centers can increase profits by 150%.

Remote patient monitoring technology for physiotherapy clinics and orthopaedic hospitals
Physiotherapy hasn’t changed much over the last 100 years. But when technology evolved up to the point where the physiotherapist was able to deliver video exercises for patients to continue their workout at home, everything changed. New opportunities and challenges were created. Now remote monitoring technologies proved to do an even better job than video exercises. The wearable sensors of re.flex are showing how this new method of delivering orthopaedic rehab treatment will benefit healthcare providers and insurers in the future.

The above listed companies will present their exciting innovations at the WT | Wearable Technologies Show MEDICA on Nov 18-21 in Hall 13 Booth D46.

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Ramona Socher
Ramona Socher is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies