Although virtual reality has become a hot topic in rehabilitation research, the question remains whether it is suitable and ready for large scale clinical implementation. In this retrospective study, data from 167 patients was analyzed that received at least 12 sessions of virtual reality rehabilitation in their medical center in the past 3 years. The treatment was provided with a CAREN High End, a CAREN Base, a V-Gait, and/or a C-Mill. This study shows that virtual reality rehabilitation is suitable for a large variety of patients; Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, myelopathy, recurrent fallers, and cancer. Significant improvements were seen in balance and gait, as measured by the 10-Meter Walk Test, Timed-Up–and-Go, Berg Balance Scale, mini BESTest, and Activities-Specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale. Dual tasking was improved in patients with Parkinson’s disease and poststroke. Patients perceived the therapy as suitable and enjoyable.
Check out the full article here: Canno Porras et al. (2019) Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Diseases