With typical home-based rehab, relevant information about a patient’s progress between face-to-face visits is often sparse, qualitative and self-reported. In the event that recovery is delayed or derailed, it can be challenging to understand the root cause — which is, in turn, a key driver of increased face-to-face visits early in the recovery process. But this is all about to change.
Ever wonder how actor Dan Stevens’ facial movements seamlessly became the Beast in Beauty and the Beast or how the alien Thanos was portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s called motion capture, and it’s the process of recording a live motion event and “magically” translating it into actionable data that allows for a 3D — or digital — recreation of the performance.
With any sport, the potential for injury looms in the background. But physical rehabilitation is completely transforming through the development of patient-centric, virtual technology that can increase access to care while significantly minimizing the need for student athletes to go to their therapist’s offices, which are often off-site and inconvenient.
As the chief clinical officer and lead physical therapist for a digital healthcare company, I have the privilege of regularly speaking to my fellow PTs regarding the trends in physical therapy and overarching healthcare changes that impact our profession most. While it’s always a pleasure to talk shop with my peers, I will attest that many of these conversations leave me a bit concerned.
Are you someone who has a tendency to spend too much time in front a computer screen, television, or maybe your eyes are constantly locked on your mobile device? Unfortunately, this lack of activity, or sedentary lifestyle, is now being described as the “Sitting Disease” and it’s spreading rapidly. Just look around — you’re not alone.
The process of rehabilitation can be quite complex, often varies from patient-to-patient, and is critically dependent upon patient engagement. Patient adherence to prescribed rehabilitation, together with careful clinician oversight and adjustment of prescribed activities during recovery, can have an enormous impact on the long-term outcomes of acute interventions.