3D motion capture technology helps improve rehabilitation for stroke patients

It might be a good news for the stroke patients. In the recent unique study, researchers have used 3D technology for everyday movements of stroke patients.

This study indicate that the computerized motion analysis can increase the knowledge of how stroke patients can improve their ability to move through rehabilitation.

Margit Alt Murphy and colleagues at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden, have study this new kind of research in their research laboratory.

Computer¬†technology provides better and more objective documentation of the problem in terms of the everyday life of the patient than what human observation can provide,” said Murphy.

This technology is highly advanced but it is simple for the patient.

“Our results show that computerized motion analysis could be a complement to a physician’s clinical diagnosis and an important tool in diagnosing motion problems,” added Murphy.

“With 3D animation, we can measure the joint angle, speed and smoothness of the arm motion, as well as which compensating motion patterns the stroke patient is using. This give us a measurement for the motion that we can compare with an optimal arm motion in a healthy person,” said Murphy.

“Our study shows that the time it takes to perform an activity is strongly related to the motion quality.

“Even if this technology is not available, we can still obtain very valuable information about the stroke patient’s mobility by timing a highly standardised activity, and every therapist keeps a stopwatch in their pocket,” said Murphy.

Leave a Comment