The damage caused by the stroke on the borders and muscles requires a tiring and long treatment. At this point, the most technological form of rehabilitation therapy, “robotic rehabilitation” comes into play. During robot-assisted rehabilitation, the patient both has fun by playing video games and accelerates the recovery process by training more thanks to these games.
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A stroke (stroke) is a disease that occurs as a result of reduced or interrupted blood flow to the brain. The consequences of stroke, which is common all over the world, are also very important. According to the World Health Organization; It ranks second in causes of death and third in causes of disability. Paralysis impairs a person’s movement, sensory abilities, speech, and other functions, causing disability. Stating that about 70 percent of those who have had a stroke are over the age of 65, Assoc. Mustapha Dr. Çorum said, “Still, it can occur at any age and requires urgent medical attention. Immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects and can be lifesaving. While 40 percent of stroke survivors develop a moderate to severe disorder, 10 percent need long-term care treatment.” says.
Shortens the Treatment Process, Increases the Recovery Rate
Well, is it possible for a person who has had a stroke to regain their old healthy days with treatment after they have overcome the danger of life? Answering this question as ‘it is possible in some patients’, Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Çorum, “The treatment of stroke requires a long rehabilitation in order to be able to treat the disability it causes. The patient is sometimes worked for days, sometimes months, by specialists to make sure that he moves. Today, various technological systems have been developed to shorten this long and laborious process and make it more active. One of them is robots. Robots, which were started to be used in 2000, are being developed rapidly today and many new features are added to the benefit of the patient. With robots, treatment can be started quickly within the first few weeks after a stroke. With the help of robots, movements and functional missions can be learned by repeating the movement in the brain as a truth. Moreover, when virtual reality technology is added to rehabilitation programs, the recovery rate of the patient increases even more.”
Provides Repetition of Movement in Real Form
Using sensor-based systems to price movement and positioning, rehabilitation robots can detect any random change in force and motion, no matter how small. Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Çorum says that the advantage of robotic devices over the trainings performed by a physiotherapist is that the robotic device ensures that the correct movement is repeated exactly one-to-one each time and trains the brain to activate the muscles. In robot-based rehabilitation, more repetitions can be done per session. In addition, the robots collect information about the patient’s performance, allowing physicians to evaluate treatment planning and beautification in a truthful manner.
Effective Treatment of Severe Patients Can Be Done
In the rehabilitation step, different devices are used, each of which is absolutely necessary to achieve their goals. The latest technologies and advanced robotic devices enable severe treatment protocols in rehabilitation and offer treatments that would not be possible even for severely affected patients. Very heavy and repetitive treatments such as robotic walking training, robotic hand-arm-finger training, robotic balance-coordination training ensure that the patient’s beautification potential is used in the most adequate way.
Ensures Movement Repetition in Truth Form
So, what should patients pay attention to in order to regain their old health after a stroke?
Start Rehabilitation Early
Adaptation of brain and border cells begins quickly after a stroke and lasts for weeks. Treatments in the early period, that is, within the first few weeks after the stroke, are recommended. The sooner rehabilitation is started, the more effective the results.
Remember The Treatment Is Personal
Rehabilitation programs are specially prepared for the individual. Since each patient’s need and response to treatment is different, specialists determine these needs and prepare a special program, and they can also make a program by evaluating the patient’s response in this program.
Keep in Mind that Combination Therapy May Be Required
Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Çorum, emphasizing that classical rehabilitation and robotic rehabilitation are valuable for active treatment, says, “When classical neurological rehabilitation and robotic rehabilitation are combined, the recovery rate of patients is higher and faster.”
Be Patient and Determined
Mentioning that traditional rehabilitation practices are physically and emotionally exhausting, Assoc. Mustapha Dr. Çorum says the following about robotic rehabilitation: “In order to be successful, the patient needs the active contribution, significant effort and determination of the patient in a treatment program. Treatment varies according to the outcome of the disease, the patient’s active work and the response of his body. That’s why it’s very important for patients to be positive and have patience.
Leverage the Beautifying Power of Technology
Among the patients who expect a long and tiring treatment process after a stroke, those who receive robotic rehabilitation are more successful in self-defense and motivation. With the developments in technology and the addition of virtual reality, augmented reality and customizable games to robotic rehabilitation, the participation of patients and the rate of performing movements more actively while having fun have increased. Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Çorum states that the idea that patients will increase their mobility with image games during robotic rehabilitation is also welcomed by patients. (BSHA-Science and Health News Agency)