Virtual Reality (VR) will soon be introduced in the rehabilitation of stroke patients, patients suffering from balance disorder and children with development disorders, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s syndrome. Artificial intelligence techniques to provide competitive health services locally and globally are part of the plans announced by the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Using a video game controller and the moving sensor, VR rehabilitation technology will use virtual world simulation for effective medical intervention to achieve the best results. Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this innovative technique in the rehabilitation and treatment of many such cases.

In the treatment of stroke, the VR system evaluates and enhances the recovery of the affected upper parts, in addition to the training for the walking device used for rehabilitation. The patient moves at a certain speed on the motion platform with changing virtual environments being displayed on the front screen to simulate daily activities.

In the treatment of the balance disorder, VR is a safe and effective alternative to conventional therapy to improve balance in patients. Patients reported that they enjoyed VR therapy without suffering from side effects, and with increased motivation.

This technique is also used to treat children with developmental disorders.

The therapy also assists cerebral palsy patients improving social participation and personal factors. In the treatment of Parkinson’s syndrome, it resulted in a marked improvement in the movements, functional abilities, quality of life and balance of patients.

(Originally published on August 30, 2018)

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