TORONTO REHAB TESTS ROBOT TO ENHANCE STROKE REHAB

Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, February 21, 2014

Dr. Alex Mihailidis

Dr. Alex Mihailidis (Photo: UHN)

This is very exciting news for the future of  stroke recovery physiotherapy. Dr. Alex Mihailidis is part of a new telerehabilitation program at Toronto Rehab using a PT robot.

Courtesy of UHN Toronto Rehab,

Dr. Alex Mihailidis, senior scientist, Toronto Rehab, is part of a $1.3-million national initiative that will deliver telerehabilitation to the homes of more than 200 people living with stroke in at least 10 Canadian cities – the first step towards improving access to desperately needed stroke-recovery services.

Dr. Mihailidis’ study – one of seven – will test an innovative table-top robot, developed at Toronto Rehab, that delivers physical therapy to move and strengthen weakened arms after stroke. The robot allows two-way communication with a therapist and continuous feedback to the patient.

The telerehab initiative is a joint effort of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.

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