Driving Simulator Shows Promise in Neuro and Physiological Rehabilitation

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services

Clinicians at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, recently undertook a study to identify the impairments that patients suffer after a stroke utilizing a racing simulator.

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The data obtained is not used to make a determination on the capability to drive, but instead focuses on helping therapists and patients get better insight into their deficits that may impair driving safety. The preliminary data will be used to understand how stroke impairments relate to driving performance. Potential clinical applications include utilizing the racing simulator as a measurement and therapeutic tool for neurorehabilitation.

In addition to this therapeutic application, the research team led by Prateek Grover, M.D., Ph.D., and Denise Holt, M.S., CCC-SLP, also had their symposium proposal accepted for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference. The purpose of this seminar is to present the limb loss rehabilitation continuum, contrast inpatient and outpatient outcomes for preprosthetic and prosthetic rehabilitation, and discuss the implementation of an inpatient prosthetic rehabilitation service for strengthening the rehabilitation continuum in a non-academic, non-VA setting.

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital – Lower Extremity Rehab