Alton Sturgis L&S Math & Physical Sciences
Stroke Patient Remote Physical Rehabilitation in Augmented Reality
We ask the question if physical rehabilitation for stroke patients in virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR) can supplement the lack of access to physical therapy. The motivation is that there is a waitlist of stroke patients to be seen by a physical therapist after they are discharged from the hospital. Patients often wait for months at home even though the first 6 months after the event of stroke is when they have the highest brain plasticity to recover the most through rehabilitation. This is a blindside of the current medical system which we aim to alleviate through this research. The ultimate goal is to develop a physical rehabilitation training algorithm and deploy AR/VR headsets running this algorithm to each patient’s home, wherein the algorithm is efficient and personalized.