Using Non-Traditional Interfaces to Support Physical Therapy for Knee Strengthening

Tipo de publicación: Journal Article

Publicado en: Journal of Medical Systems

Autores
  • Torres, Andrea
  • López, Gustavo
  • Guerrero, Luis A.

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Andrea Torres Solórzano
Gustavo López Herrera
Luis Alberto Guerrero Blanco

Proyecto asociado a la publicación
Potenciando el awareness en trabajos colaborativos mediante la incorporación de interfaces no tradicionales como mecanismos de interacción

Palabras claves
  • Health informatics
  • Medical informatics
  • Physical therapy
  • Wearable computing
Resumen

Physical therapy consists mainly in the execution of rehabilitation processes that aim to help overcome injuries, as well as develop, maintain, or restore maximum body movement. Knee rehabilitation is one kind of physical therapy that requires daily exercises which could be considered monotonous and boring by the patients, discouraging their improvement. This is coupled with the fact that most physical therapists assess exercise performance through verbal and visual means with mostly manual measurements, making it difficult to constantly verify and validate if patients perform the exercises correctly. This article describes a physical therapy monitoring system that uses wearable technology to assess exercise performance and patient progress. This wearable device is able to measure and transfer the movement's data from the patient's limb to a mobile device. Moreover, the user interface is a game, which provides an entertaining approach to therapy exercising. In this article, it is shown that the developed system significantly increases daily user engagement in rehabilitation exercises, through a gameplay that matches physical therapy requirements for knee rehabilitation, as well as offering useful quantitative information to therapists.

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Using Non-Traditional Interfaces to Support Physical Therapy for Knee Strengthening