Archives for the ‘Medical’ Category

Exoskeleton II

Ekso GT

Ekso GT

My rehab hospital has a new exoskeleton for use by stroke and spinal cord patients. People in wheelchairs can walk around using this machine. The company that makes the device is also researching exoskeletons that add strength to soldiers.

Will this be our future?

Other exoskeleton machines I have used…

Happy Gait

Dancer / Library of Congress

Dancer / Library of Congress

Finally! I can walk without contorting my stroke leg. At my rehab hospital they videoed my walk and the PT was impressed.  No hip-hiking. No stubbing my toe. Just a happy gait.

Take that, therapists who want to discharge stroke patients after a few sessions. I’ve been working on my walk for a while, with slow but continual progress.

Back

Back / Wellcome Images

Back / Wellcome Images

I’m getting my back zapped! I’ve been using electrical stimulation on my arm and hand for this past year. It has led to a much looser hand. Now, my therapist has connected me with a huge multilimb machine. I go to my rehab hospital twice a week. Then I get covered electrodes on my back, shoulder, and arm. Then I use a stationary bike for my arms while I get zapped for 30 minutes. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Zzzzzzap!

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Cyborg

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

James is a scientist who was in a horrible accident and needed prosthetics. Then a video game company advertised for a patient who wanted a cyborg arm, like one of their game characters. You can see his story here.

Would you want cyborg limbs?

Lumbricals

Hand / Wellcome Image

Hand / Wellcome Images

There are tiny muscles in your hands called lumbricals. Apparently my stroke palm was super tight. My doctor injected them with Botox — Zop! Eek! Not fun. They do seem looser now.

Anyone have similar problems?

Electricity II

Electric City / Library of Congress

Electric City / Library of Congress

A reader asks, How is your electric hand machine doing?

This is the electronic shock machine that I wear during hand exercises, two hours a day for an entire year. My answer: it is helping but not fast enough. My fingers are looser. I can open my hand more than I could before. It is still difficult to release objects. I am hopeful that it will keep improving this year. My year is not over.

Patience….

Vision

Eye / Library of Congress

Eye / Library of Congress

I have vision loss because of my stroke. There is a narrow strip that I cannot see around 6 o’clock of my sight.

Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. I just went. My brain is still improving. Each year the missing piece gets smaller.

Progress!

Electricity

Lightning / Library of Congress

Lightning / Library of Congress

I’ve been using the electronic arm machine consistently. It is terribly dull: 2 hours a day. My hand has definitely improved. The only problem is that the machine has given me a mild electric burn on my arm.  So now I have a few days off while my skin stops being red.

The things we do for hand function. Any other examples?

 

Cup

Cup / Library of Congress

Cup / Library of Congress

Yesterday I picked up a cup with my bad hand and delivered it to my son. It was only later that I realized that I had done so without thinking about it. Before I had to stare at objects and order my fingers to position themselves around them. The automatic movement means my brain is relearning, reorganizing.

Keep learning, brain…..

Augment


MIT’s Biomechatronics Group designs rehabilitation technology. It even comes up with limbs that work better than human limbs.

In the future, will rehab be an advantage?