A study conducted by the School of Physical Therapy (SPT) at the University of West Indies, Mona, has found that some video games are effective in the treatment of children living with cerebral palsy and also offer promise for patients suffering from strokes and spinal cord injuries.
The study, which is being edited for publication in the British Physiotherapy Journal, was carried out by a group of researchers from the university in May 2009.
The study, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, has added to the growing number of international studies assessing the use of virtual reality for the rehabilitation of patients with neurological and orthopedic conditions.
Because video games are compact, Dr Roopchand-Martin believes the use of the Wii for rehabilitation also provides a solution to the space limitations faced by physiotherapists in some treatment facilities.
For even more access this switch adapted version comes with two standard 1/8" plugs for two switches.
The age at which a condition develops often determines its impact on the child.The BIGtrack Trackball Switch Adapted has a 3 inch trackball which makes it the largest trackball available.The large ball requires less fine motor control than a standard trackball and it is ruggedly built.Dr Sharmella Roopchand-Martin, who specialises in nuero-rehabilitation at SPT, said all the children involved in the study had improvements in their gross motor function scores at the end of the six weeks of training."One child in particular stood out in that she had never walked before, independently, without her rollator.During the activity one day, she wanted to go to the bathroom and we were bringing her rollator for her, and by the time we had got there with the rollator, she had walked to the bathroom already," she said.