NEWPORT, RI (WHDH) — A rehabilitation center in Rhode Island is using a new high-tech treatment to help patients recover.
Virtual Reality is used at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center to help patients regain their mobility and motor skills.
The Gait Better uses a treadmill, VR headset and sensors to simulate obstacles encountered while walking to help fall victims recover.
“All that dual tasking is really good for brain recovery and falls,” said physical therapist Jenny Volpe.
dr Mustapha Kemal, medical director at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, said the VR headset helped a recent fall patient regain mobility without having to go to another facility.
“Not only does it help the patient to make progress, but it helps the patient progress faster,” said Dr. kemal
Patients also wear a headset called The REAL with sensors tracking head, hand, arm and body movements, allowing patients to work on their motor skills.
“It’s more exciting for them than the traditional weights [and other treatments]’ said Cassie Bardi, speech-language pathologist. “You take off that hat and forget yours in that gym. It just puts you in a whole different world.”
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