Kinect helps patients rehab injuries

Rehabilitation therapists are making Kinect an important part of the recovery process for injured patients.

Here on ZDNet Health, we've previously explored how XBox Kinect can be a great member of the surgical team, helping keep patients undergoing surgery free from infection, and helping keep doctors focused on the patient and not the keyboard.

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Now Kinect games are being used to help people recover from injuries. Physical therapists like it because patients are engaged and interested in the process, and because the improvements in score give them concrete feedback about patient improvement. Patients like it because it's fun. As a nurse, I like it because Xbox and Kinect are readily available forms of theraputic entertainment, and can be continued at home as part of an ongoing recovery process.

Check out this video to see how rehabilitation therapists are making Kinect an important part of the recovery process for stroke and other brain injury patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England.

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