Tele-rehabilitation for chronic pain patients

"Viking" Hands

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In the March edition of Health Expectations Dr. Cranen from University of Twente in the Netherlands investigated chronic pain patients’ perceptions of home telerehabilitation services. The group found that the effect of telerehabilitation on healthcare strongly depends on patients’ willingness to use.
The HandTutor system has been used successfully to treat patients with hand movement dysfunction caused by chronic pain including Complex regional pain syndrome CRPS. The HandTutor system should be introduced into the treatment schedule as early as possible so as to prevent disuse leading to contractures and a loss in active movement ability. The virtual functional tasks motivate the patient to continue movement practice.

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