Advancements made in aiding cerebral palsy patients

If you have been following our website, you have read about advancements that have been made in the field of therapy for those with cerebral palsy. Utilizing technological breakthroughs made in software design and robotics, Canadian inventors have designed a device called "Lokomat" that provides assistance in correcting a patient's balance and stride. Interacting with the robotic pair of legs, one patient made progress in her attempt to move without a cane. It was also reported that this young lady was entertained during her engagement with the technology, which could motivate her to stick with this type of physical therapy.

For those who do not have access to Lokomat, two other advancements have been made that may lessen the costs associated with treating cerebral palsy and may aid in developing the independence of those with this disorder. While not as awe-inducing as a robot, these innovative products may influence more patients and may be available to patients in the San Bernardino area today.

1. Walk-DMC

This term refers to a quantitative tool doctors can reference when they measure motor control in patients with cerebral palsy. Using data pulled from a device called electromyography, doctors can predict which types of surgeries may prove beneficial or futile in increasing a patient's mobility. Previous to this type of assessment, doctors relied on less specific, qualitative information to guess how a patient would respond to invasive treatment. Using this means of assessment, physicians can serve patients in tailoring procedures to suit their individual needs.

2. Vest

This software app was designed to communicate for individuals with cerebral palsy and encourage their independence. Using this cloud-based system, patients are able to enter data which their family members can retrieve. When family members, caregivers and physicians can access the information stored in Vest's server, they can better address the needs of the patient. The software is written in a way that is easy to understand, which encourages those with cerebral palsy to enter data whenever the time is appropriate. One fan of the technology admitted to using the app multiple times a day to record or review data.

While some of the advances promoted in this technology may result in a slight improvement for those with cerebral palsy, the accumulation of such developments can lead to big breakthroughs in treating and supporting those with this injury. We will devote further blogs to describing technological progress in this field when news becomes available.

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