Human 2.0 – Breakthroughs in Bionics

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Few people associate the word robotics with physical therapy, but physical therapists play an important role in helping individuals prepare, use and maintain robotic limbs. In fact, physical therapists are highly skilled in the use of robotic technology, which is emerging an important aspect of rehabilitation.

Robotics can take many forms in physical therapy. For starters, robotic devices encourage motion and help with balance. Real-time feedback allows physical therapists to monitor the smallest change in a patient’s condition. This allows the therapist to provide targeted solutions for faster recovery. The emergence of 3-D printing allows rapid creation of robotic ‘body parts’ that can help people of all ages, including children and seniors.

Robotic devices are starting to help patients with injuries, chronic illnesses and neurological conditions. Rapidly emerging technology now allows the creation of ‘parts’ that can serve as an extension of the human body.

The Next Generation of Human Health

Robotics has the potential to impact every aspect of human health in the 21st century. 3-D printing has ushered in an era of customized orthotics. The creation of highly intricate and sophisticated prosthetics, remote-controlled prosthetics and mobility aids opens up new possibilities for physical therapists and patients.

When it comes to limb and joint replacements following severe accidents, robotic devices can facilitate recovery. They foster a sense of accomplishment and help prevent anxiety and depression associated with the inability to perform day to day movements. Such devices can improve balance, strength, agility and functionality. In fact, they can be customized to the patient’s specific level of fitness and ability.

The emergence of robotics for joint replacement, spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular conditions has changed the traditional approach to rehabilitation. Robotics now offer new opportunities for the elderly, allowing them to live safely and independently for a longer period.

The Bionic Being?

In the past, the risk of ‘rejection’ prevented bionics from being recognized by the mainstream healthcare professionals and consumers. However, that trend is beginning to change. The concept of the ‘bionic being’ is no longer limited to movies and television. Bionics are not only available to the average consumer; healthcare professionals are now embracing them as a viable part of treatment and recovery.

Significant advances in technology allow for the creation of ‘body parts’ that are accepted by the human body as an extension of the self. Combining sophisticated robotics with the skill of a physical therapist and the human willpower of the patient creates a recipe for recovery. The treatment, recovery, and management from surgeries involving robotics requires the skills of a licensed physical therapist. The therapist will ensure that the body accepts the ‘addition’ by monitoring and improving gait, posture and balance, among other factors.

At the end of the day, we use every tool at our disposal to maintain and improve the quality of life for our patients. Let us do the same for you. Call us today at 888-626-2699 to learn more about how physical therapy can change your life.