Title: Telerehabilitation for a baby's abnormal foot correction

Authors: M.L. Jain, R.C. Saraswat, Bishwaroop Sarkar, L.D. Arya

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, M.P., India. ' Department of Electronic Communication and Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, M.P., India. ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science Indore, M.P, India. ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, MP, India

Abstract: Telemedicine now finds itself at a crossroads and the robotic use over distance for medical diagnosis and treatment has now become a reality. Many kinds of medical deformity on patients at a remote location can be corrected in a non-surgical way, by using robotic medical assistive devices, under telerehabilitation technology. The present work gives an overview of telerehabilitation, along with its application. The paper follows the main characteristics of telerehabilitations. Finally, a conceptual telerehabilitation model for the correction of a clubfoot deformity in newborn babies is presented. This model gives a clear indication that the proposed model can be implemented in real life, to give a standard method for better health care of the child and hence to society.

Keywords: telemedicine; telerehabilitation; virtual reality; newborn babies; baby feet; foot correction; abnormal foot; clubfoot deformity; home-based therapy; teletherapy; remote rehabilitation; healthcare technology; CTEV; telemonitoring; remote monitoring.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2008.020196

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2008 Vol.9 No.5/6, pp.413 - 429

Published online: 08 Sep 2008 *

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