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Intelligent tool to aid rehabilitation

An intelligent medical device offering personalized rehabilitation guidance to patients with lower limb fractures and lower body surgery has been developed by local experts.

The device is a walking aid which can collect patient data such as limb strength to create individualized rehabilitation plans to speed their recovery.

The data can also be transmitted to doctors for long-distance evaluation and direction.

Data collected from the device is expected to lead to tailored rehabilitation guidelines for Asian people, said Dr Zhang Changqing from Shanghai No. 6 People’s Hospital, a leading specialist in the development of the new system. Asian patients may differ from Western patients in various aspects, including weight and strength.

Doctors generally only give vague direction for rehabilitation to patients after surgery. How much strength a patient should exert during post-op weight training and walking practice is not specific, which can result in a slow recover or even re-injury, doctors said.


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