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A view on VR-enhanced rehabilitation robotics


R. Riener, M. Wellner, T. Nef, J. v. Zitzewitz, A. Duschau-Wicke, G. Colombo, L. Lünenburger

5th International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation (IWVR 2006), New York

Robot-assisted gait training can increase the duration and number of training sessions, whilst reducing the number of therapists required per patient. However, training can be often boring for the patient so that the training intensity is low. Furthermore, usually training is limited to a single modality, providing only force feedback to guide the movement. Virtual Reality (VR) with multimodal displays has the chance to feedback performance information to the patient, augment the training with additional features, thus making the therapy more eciting and increasing patient motivation. VR has the potential to increase the therapeutic outcome. In this paper we present results from the literature and preliminary results from our research to provide an overview of novel VR strategies applied to gait and arm therapy. Broad clinical testing is still required to prove the therapeutic efficiency of VR applied to robot-aided rehabilitation.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@InProceedings { RieEtal:2006:IFA_2507,
    author={R. Riener and M. Wellner and T. Nef and J. v. Zitzewitz and A.
	  Duschau-Wicke and G. Colombo and L. L{\"u}nenburger},
    title={{A view on VR-enhanced rehabilitation robotics}},
    booktitle={5th International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation (IWVR
    address={New York},
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