physical therapy

By Dave Muoio April 26, 2018
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have detailed a wearable device that can better measure muscle-tendon tension during certain activities, such as walking or running. The prototype device, which has so far been tested on the Achilles, patellar, and hamstring tendons, represents a feasible, non-invasive alternative to tendon tension measurement, and with additional work could...
By Dave Muoio April 25, 2018
A study published yesterday in JAMA found that, compared to normal care, a home-based exercise program employing wearables and telephone coaching did not help patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) improve their walking performance over a nine-month period. In fact, those undergoing the interventional program reported increased pain compared to those undergoing normal care. Blood vessel...
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2018
San Diego-based remote physical therapy company Reflexion Health today announced the launch of two digital rehabilitation products: the VERAHome for post-acute care physical therapy patients, and the VERAClinic for their clinicians. Both products are built upon the framework of VERA (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant), Reflexion’s FDA-cleared platform, avatar assistant-driven program that...
By Dave Muoio December 8, 2017
Microsoft may have pulled the plug on Kinect, but research applications for the gaming peripheral continue to trickle out. The latest, from University of Missouri researchers, constitutes a pair of studies suggesting that the technology can be used to power a cheaper alternative to the standard motion analysis equipment used by physical therapists and clinicians. "In testing the system, we are...
By Dave Muoio November 8, 2017
Vancouver and Washington-based Claris Healthcare has launched an orthopedic medical device that allows patients and doctors to monitor recovery after total knee replacement surgery. The Claris Reflex consists of a wearable sensor, attached above and below the knee, and a software platform. Patients are provided a 4G-enabled tablet that includes pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical guidance...
By Jonah Comstock October 26, 2017
Microsoft is discontinuing the Kinect, its pioneering 3D motion-sensing camera. FastCo broke the news that the company will no longer manufacture the device, though it will support existing devices for the time being. Though Kinect was a pioneer in the 3D motion-tracking space, other companies have stepped up in the meantime, and the technology has also been incorporated into platforms like...
By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Digital physical therapy, telehealth, and patient engagement platform Physitrack will seek public listing on alternative stock exchange Nasdaq First North during the first quarter of 2018, cofounder and CEO Henrik Molin told MobiHealthNews this week. The company has not yet set the terms of this IPO, but said in a statement that it plans to use the offering to fund further expansion into new...
By Jeff Lagasse August 10, 2017
MC10, which focuses on wearable sensor systems geared toward tracking personalized health, is teaming up with the rehabilitation research hospital Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The goal: to collaborate on the development of new approaches to neurodegenerative and motion-related disability therapy.   “MC10’s technology has the potential to reshape...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2017
New York City-based betterPT has raised $1.5 million for its mobile platform for connecting patients to physical therapists. Loeb Holding Corp was the sole investor in the seed round. The genesis of the company grows out of a law recently passed in 29 out of 50 states known as “direct access”, which allows patients to get up to 10 physical therapist visits without a prescription and still be...
By Heather Mack November 29, 2016
A new study by researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute is evaluating the use of a virtual physical therapy program for people recovering from total knee replacement surgery. The study, entitled Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-Home Therapy: A Research Study (VERITAS), is using an in-home, on demand virtual rehabilitative therapy program called Vera from San Diego-based digital...

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