Paralyzed Patients & Video Games

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A new device is helping paralyzed patients with their recoveries. It's touted as a "high-tech physio therapist," a new invention that British researchers researchers say is helping paralyzed patients get stronger.

55 year old Adrian Totman suffered a serious stroke less than two weeks ago. He's frustrated the stroke has slowed him down. "To have no power in this arm is not right. I want it back, and I want it back tomorrow."

So Totman agreed to try a new invention called "Grip-able," created by doctors and robotics engineers at Imperial College London. The hand-held tool tracks and records a paralyzed patient's arm strength and coordination when playing games on a mobile device.

The target patients are those who suffer from arm and hand disability caused by stroke, arthritis, or even muscular skeletal damage.

At the start of a clinical trial, the researchers found 50 percent of stroke patients with paralyzed arms were able to interact with touch-screen technology. After using "Grip-able" for six months, that number jumped to 93 percent.

Researchers say the next goal is to use it at home. Dr. Rinne explains, "Start working with family members, with other carers, with people in their community, that's fantastic."

Totman, who is a truck driver, hopes "Grip-able" will help send him down a speedy road to recovery.

The developers of "Grip-able are in talks with doctors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago to get the device in United States hospitals.

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