Different interests in Physiotherapy
Back in 2014, the realms of physiotherapy and technology seemed worlds apart. However, it became increasingly clear that physiotherapy faced various challenges and issues that needed to be addressed. Two groups with diverse business goals and motivations were involved in physiotherapy: doctors and private insurance companies.
How we navigated divergent priorities in physiotherapy?
The birth of RehoSystem
Recognizing the obstacles within this domain and the opportunity to use Kinect, Punktum joined forces with a prominent rehabilitation clinic and a renowned doctor to develop an innovative telerehabilitation management IT system called RehoSystem.
Gathering essential data for system development
Together with the client, we embarked on comprehensive clinical research aimed at gathering essential data and exploring the efficacy of our solution in the medical environment. Our primary focus was to ensure that the exercises met the intended use and basic requirements and were desirable to both doctors and patients.
Subsequently, we developed an effective motion-tracking system engine capable of supporting the exercises within a medical setting.
In some cases, we faced challenges that required smart R&D and engineering. For example, mapping or tracking obscured limbs, e.g. hidden behind the patient's chest. We expanded the system's motion processing capacity to address this, augmenting its analytical assets and computing capabilities. This allowed for more accurate tracking and improved exercise execution.
Start small: targeted exercises for tennis elbow pain relief
The client decided to start first with tennis elbow, also known as Epicondylitis, a condition characterized by persistent pain around the outer region of the elbow. The primary concern was the stiffness experienced by patients, which restricted their range of motion and caused discomfort during movement.
Optimizing exercise performance
It was crucial to establish a standardized registration process to describe how the limbs should move during each exercise. We meticulously coded the normative motion schemes and patterns, defining the acceptable performance criteria recognized by therapists. This served as a benchmark for tracking and comparing the execution of the exercises against the established norms.
Throughout the process, we conducted numerous tests to assess the efficacy of our system and ensure its reliability. These tests served as essential milestones in refining the client's solution and validating its potential for driving improvement in patient outcomes.
By leveraging clinical trials and harnessing the power of data, we have gained valuable insights and expanded access to evidence-based exercise programs.
Active patients' engagement through remote guided therapy sessions
RehoSystem provides a secure and convenient solution for remote rehabilitation. Patients can actively participate in therapy sessions by following the guidance of a sensor that ensures the proper execution of each exercise.
This sensor offers real-time feedback on performance, allowing physiotherapists to continuously monitor the remote rehabilitation process through live video streams of patients' exercises.
Thanks to the utilization of advanced technologies such as knowledge discovery and data mining, the system is capable of analyzing data and, for example, determining the types of treatments and their effectiveness in relation to specific rehabilitation goals and corresponding medical conditions.
Notably, this system empowers a single physiotherapist to access the progress of multiple patients simultaneously, streamlining the practice of remote physiotherapy.
How does telerehabilitation work step-by-step?
Remote rehabilitation serves as a valuable complement to in-person exercise sessions under the guidance of a physiotherapist, providing individuals with an additional layer of support and professional care. While it cannot entirely replace the hands-on expertise of a physiotherapist, remote rehabilitation offers a range of benefits that contribute to an enhanced rehabilitation experience.