Going mobile: the changing face of physical rehab
We were delighted to be featured in the October edition of Med-Tech Innovation.
Writing for Med-Tech Innovation, Dr Paul Rinne, CEO and co-founder of GripAble, explained how COVID-19 is driving the uptake of digital and mobile technology in healthcare, and what GripAble provides to therapists who need to engage their patients in rehab remotely.
A tsunami of disability
“There are currently six million people across the UK living with upper limb disability, and 384 million people worldwide. Physical rehabilitation is critical for people to restore quality of life after suffering a stroke, or the onset of many other neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
“The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in many patients being isolated at home, unable to attend therapy appointments and some unable to access emergency treatment, increasing the risk of disability. Not only this, but the increased risk of stroke post-COVID and the need for physical rehabilitation amongst COVID survivors, means that a tsunami of disability could be coming, if digital solutions to support therapy are not implemented quickly enough.
“GripAble has the opportunity to be used by every single person coming into contact with the healthcare system globally, measuring and recording strength from early childhood until end of life care, giving us the ability to not only change the face of physical rehabilitation, but also of healthcare in general.”
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GripAble is a two-in-one assessment and training device to help people with weakened hands and arms. Mobile, portable and lightweight, the handheld device connects, via WiFi or Bluetooth, to an app on a tablet, where the user can play fun and engaging activities.
GripAble tracks four key hand movements – grip / release, wrist extension / flexion, radial / ulnar deviation and pronation / supination; repetitions, and minutes of training. The device is highly sensitive and can be used by most people, even those with limited grip or movement. Easy to set up, GripAble can be calibrated and personalised to each user’s ability.
Physical rehabilitation is critical to restoring quality of life after stroke and many other neurological, orthopaedic and paediatric conditions, and studies show that the more repetition and strength training a person performs, the greater their chance of restoring movement and, ultimately, their independence. GripAble enables your therapist to set regular goals and provides day by day feedback to help build motivation and engagement with training activities.
GripAble is based on intuitive, fuss-free technology so you can get set up in minutes.