Georgia Tech Students Develop Tool to Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patients
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common workplace injury among people whose jobs involve large amounts of typing, working with hand tools, or other skills that require dexterity and coordination. Severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome often require surgery and can result in permanent impairments, making it difficult or impossible to work. Rehabilitation is often painful, time-consuming, and incomplete.
Now, a group of students at Georgia Tech have created a device that helps carpal tunnel patients regain dexterity, strength, and hand coordination more effectively. Known as Re-Hand, the device looks like a joystick with large buttons. It is attached to a computer, and the user operates the device through various games. The games improve hand and wrist strength and coordination, and the program keeps track of data and can send it to the user’s doctor so that the patient’s progress can be monitored.
Students said they developed the device after meeting several patients with carpal tunnel and related hand injuries suffered in various accidents. Rehabilitation for them was difficult and boring, and many struggled with it. The Re-Hand device provides all the necessary rehabilitation exercises, but turns them into a game, making exercise less difficult and boring and giving the patient a better shot at complete recovery.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is just one type of hand injury that can cause serious impairments at work, hobbies, and personal care. If you’ve suffered a serious injury at work, the skilled personal injury lawyers in Atlanta at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free, confidential consultation.
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