Smartphone technology tested in stroke rehabilitation


>>NARRATOR: We use them everyday for everything
from talking to texting, from finding directions to playing games. Now cellphone technology
is being tested in a new way: to try and help those who survive strokes learn how to walk
again.>>DR. STEPHEN PAGE: This is the first time
this technology has ever been used in stroke, anywhere in the country and anywhere else
in the world.>>NARRATOR: Dr. Stephen Page of The Ohio State
University Wexner Medical Center is leading this innovative study. Here’s how it works.
Therapists strap small sensors onto the legs, arms and chests of the patient then sync them
to a computer. Those sensors, the same as in smart phones, talk to each other, keeping
track of where they are and what direction they’re moving.>>DR. PAGE: Same technology you use when you’re
playing a video game or when you’re taking your cellphone and turning it upside-down
or turning it sideways and the picture adjusts to that.>>NARRATOR: Only here the sensors chart every
move during therapy, logging how well a patient is moving their arms and legs. There
are sophisticated programs that use similar technology, but they require rooms full of
high-tech equipment. This is different.>>DR. PAGE: The nice thing about this technology
is we can do it anywhere. We can do it up steps, we can do it in a kitchen, anywhere
that walking or balance is important is a place where we can capture how well the person’s
moving.>>NARRATOR: It’s a concept that’s not lost
on Kelly Franklin, a stroke survivor who knows the struggles of therapy first hand and
how much further technology can take her.>>KELLY FRANKLIN: Oh, a long way. I couldn’t
even sit up straight, I couldn’t even sit up about a year-and-a-half ago.>>NARRATOR: Now she’s gotten rid of a wheelchair
and a walker is looking forward to some day losing her cane as well.
At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, this is Clark Powell reporting.

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