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New video game may help those with brain injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2013 | Brain Injury

Ohioans who have faced the difficulty of a brain injury know that a full recovery can be a struggle. However, the good news is that researchers are now developing an at-home game that can help stroke patients and those with some other types of brain injuries regain movement that is lost due to weakness. According to the report, constrain-induced movement therapy is intended to help improve motor function and to increase the usage of impaired upper extremities.

The report dated on Nov. 7 states that the game is used over the course of two weeks and for around 30 hours in total. During this time, patients are immersed in an environment where they will engage in repetitious movements that are targeted to arms and hands. Similar to video games you might use at home with the Kinect or Wii remotes, the scenarios of the game are controlled by the patient’s movements. Since the current game is based on a river canyon environment, patients can receive therapy by virtually fishing, paddling a boat, swatting at bats or steering, for example.

During the training a participant will also wear a mitt on one hand for around 10 hours a day, according to the news. This will help them remember to use the affected hand or arm more frequently. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center believe this game could help the 80-or-so percent of stroke survivors who are now living with brain injuries and weakness due to the trauma.

This virtual game is just one of the newest therapies coming out for those who struggle with functionality after a brain injury. If you’re been injured, this kind of medical improvement may provide you with just a few more options to find a way to get back on the road to health.

Medical Xpress, “Researchers develop at-home 3D video game for stroke patient” No Author Given, Nov. 07, 2013