1. Neuro/Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Disability Solutions Using Virtual Reality Technology

  1. Metin Akay2 and
  2. Andy Marsh3
  1. Walter J. Greenleaf Ph.D.

Published Online: 9 OCT 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471206458.ch1

Information Technologies in Medicine: Rehabilitation and Treatment, Volume II

Information Technologies in Medicine: Rehabilitation and Treatment, Volume II

How to Cite

Greenleaf, W. J. (2001) Neuro/Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Disability Solutions Using Virtual Reality Technology, in Information Technologies in Medicine: Rehabilitation and Treatment, Volume II (eds M. Akay and A. Marsh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471206458.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Dartmouth College

  2. 3

    National Technical University of Athens

Author Information

  1. Greenleaf Medical Systems, 2248 Park Boulevard, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2001
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471414926

Online ISBN: 9780471206453

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Keywords:

  • Virtual Reality (VR);
  • rehabilitation;
  • diversity;
  • medical applications;
  • neuro/orthopedic rehabilitation;
  • ergonomics;
  • glovetalker;
  • instrumental clothing

Summary

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology that allows individuals to experience three-dimensional (3-D) visual, auditory, and tactile environments. Highly specialized sensors and interface devices allow the individual to become immersed and to navigate and interact with objects in a computer-generated environment. Most people associate VR with video games; however, researchers and clinicians in the medical community are becoming increasingly aware of its potential benefits for people with disabilities and for individuals recovering from injuries.

The following topics are discussed: VR environments and interfaces; Diversity of VR applications; Current status of VR technology; VR-based medical applications in development; Neurologic testing and behavioral intervention; and Rehabilitation, functional movement analysis, and ergonomic studies.