Innovative Wearables for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injuries

Wearables for rehab
Image: Reflex

When we think about wearable technology, we tend to think about fitness trackers and AR headsets, but wearable technology goes well beyond that. In fact, wearable technology is making a huge impact on healthcare industry with devices such as Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Smart pills, Remote Patient Monitoring etc. Another aspect of healthcare that’s being impacted by wearable technology is rehabilitation. Experts believe wearable technology can be successfully incorporated in clinical rehabilitation. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, wearable technology is the world’s current number one fitness trend. At our WT | Wearable Technologies Show 2018 MEDICA in Dusseldorf November 12-15 we will highlight great thought leaders and innovators from all over the globe. The companies introduced below will exhibit at the upcoming event.

A successful surgery depends on monitoring the patient’s condition after the surgery. It is a common drawback in orthopedic surgery. Consensus Orthopedics aims to solve this problem with their innovation of TracPatch, a groundbreaking wearable device that tracks a patient’s post-surgical activities. With the use of smartphone technology and Internet of Things, TracPatch monitors key patient metrics allowing a surgeon to remotely monitor a patient’s recovery for effective managed care. The patch monitors wound healing through temperate measurement and keeps track of the patient´s activity via smartphone.

Gait Up Combines Sensors, Algorithms and Biometrics to Deliver Most Precise Motion Analysis. Gait Up believes you deserve more than just step counts from wearables. That’s why they created products that revolutionize sensor-based analysis with meaningful metrics and accuracy of the highest standards. Used by expert physiotherapists, Gait Up transforms inertial sensor signals into meaningful motion insights. The Lausanne, Switzerland-based company is driven to solve healthcare problems and support performance with highly accurate motion analytics. Starting more than 15 years ago, they design the best in class algorithm and wearable measurement systems that rival accuracy of legacy motion labs.

Actively involved in the fields of physical rehabilitation and sports biomechanics, KINVENT manufactures innovative measuring and training devices for the facilitation of every day and athletic movements. According to the company, they can think and produce solutions to any challenge of sports biomechanics and physical rehabilitation. With their experience in sensors and human movement mechanics we can conceive and implement any specific tool you need. K-LAB is KINVENT’s product line for the complete kinetic and kinematic analysis of the human movement for laboratory assessment of jumping, evaluation, flexibility, balance strength and speed. Another product K-FORCE, is for the assessment of the human force through precise dynamometry instruments.

Our body is an amazing machine capable of very high performance but also fragile at times. When this machine is broken, repairing it takes skill, determination and lots of time. That’s why Reflex takes physiotherapy so seriously. Reflex is a wearable device that uses sensors to track, monitor analyze patients’ movements, identify and count the exercise they’re doing and check their progress. The patient can check their therapy through the smartphone app and doctors can also monitor the patient’s progress remotely. The device is very simple to use; just strap the 2 sensors under and over the patient’s injured joints, move them to calibrate and start the session.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, CyMedica Orthopedics is a privately held medical device company that develops and commercializes innovative products that target muscle atrophy using its platform technology. That technology includes the first closed-loop power control system to provide patients comfortable yet aggressive treatment. Among their products are: e-vive, the only app-controlled muscle activation therapy and patient engagement solution and QB1, groundbreaking muscle stimulation system that provides treatment for quadriceps muscle atrophy. CyMedica was founded in 2013.

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Cathy Russey () is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies and specialized in writing about the latest medical wearables and enabling technologies on the market. Cathy can be contacted at info(at)wearable-technologies.com.