Wearables in musculoskeletal rehabilitation

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Category: 2019, Club Recordings
Published on: 09.07.2019


Dr Karen Hambly
Senior Lecturer ,University of Kent

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About The Webinar

Musculoskeletal rehabilitation utilises loading for the purpose of eliciting specific positive tissue responses, such as increases in peak strength, endurance or range of motion. Progressive tissue loading is extensively used in rehabilitation to stimulate structural, biochemical and neuromuscular adaptations whilst minimising the risk of reinjury. One of the main objectives of musculoskeletal rehabilitation is to provide repair tissues that are able to accept the physiological loads associated with functional activity. Monitoring loading and the response to loading are therefore important, but the evaluation of the nature, magnitude, direction, frequency, duration, intensity and symmetry of loading have traditionally been difficult to evaluate in functional settings. Outcome measures such as range of motion, manual muscle strength, special tests, pain, swelling and heat are all used in the clinical setting but they often do not replicate functional movements. In addition, these measures are a single snap shot of how a patient is doing and do not provide information on how a patient is functioning during their rehabilitation or normal activities of daily living over longer time frames.

Technological advances have resulted in the availability of low-cost wearable devices that are able to monitor and report in free-living. Wearable technology has an increasingly important role to play in the musculoskeletal rehabilitation process and this webinar will explore how advances in these technologies can be used to delivery better patient outcomes and experience.

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