Rehabilitation robotics is a field of research utilized in understanding the scopes in rehabilitation with the application and help of robotics automation.
It involves the development of robotic automation devices tailored in order to support different movement abilities such as leg, arm, ankle, hand, etc. It also involves the advancements in supporting the therapeutic training and assessment of the performance (ability to move) of a patient. Rehabilitation Robots in healthcare is primarily used as therapy aids more than that of assisting devices.
Patients suffering from motor impairments find rehabilitation robotics as a support that is most effective in nature, especially to the patients who suffered a stroke.
Rehabilitation robot in healthcare is a part of robotics automation that is a mechanically operated automotive device helping in the process of rehabilitation and enhancing the movement ability of patients suffering from physical impaired functioning. It also comes under the healthcare technology that is developed for senior care.
It includes a broad range of electromechanically assisted training robots that improves the functions of the body parts that have lost the ability to move.The first robot that was used as a rehabilitation robot was “MIT-Manus” that helped patients with strokes to reach across a tabletop as they were unable to move their arms or legs.
The exoskeleton is used in rehabilitation robotics uses sensors that are placed on the skin of the patient to detect electrical signals simultaneously responding and providing movement at the joints. It is designed to help patients from recovering lower limb disorders such as spinal cord injuries or strokes. Not just this, an exoskeleton suit has also been designed around 2019 that provides “machine-brain connectivity”, for example- exoskeleton helped a paralyzed man to move his arms, legs, and body by reading his mind.
Robotics in healthcare has emerged with much effectiveness, efficiency, and better patient care. Automotive technology and robotics have helped doctors and nurses to keep track of the patient’s health which alarms them if any kind of disability is witnessed or observed by it. This allows multiple patients and senior care at one time. This particular technology has been of immense aid during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing is crucial, making it difficult for doctors to keep steady management when there is an upsurge in the COVID-19 patients.
Healthcare technology came out as the biggest asset at the time of crisis such as the pandemic Coronavirus, and it is not difficult to imagine how useful it would be on normal days too.
The rehabilitation robotics market growth and demand is driven by the increase in the aging population and the increasing number of population being diagnosed with conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, accidents, etc.
Moreover, as per Stratistics MRC, the Global Rehabilitation Robots Market was valued for $596.66 million in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.3% during the forecast period and reach $3,148.61 million by 2027.
However, the only thing that is not backing the growth of the market is the stringent government regulations concerning exoskeleton and the high cost of robots.
The growth of rehabilitation robots is due to the growing geriatric population and adults who are prone to strokes, falls, and injuries that demand such robotics automation and healthcare technology to bring the movement ability more strongly and efficiently.
North America is the region with the fastest growth in rehabilitation robotics as it has a well established robotic industry that allows new and better trends assisting technologies in healthcare and robotics automation.
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