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Impact of a virtual reality rehabilitation program

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Impact of a virtual reality rehabilitation program

The objective of this research was to determine the impact of a virtual reality rehabilitation (VRR) training program. This program provided real time feedback and quantitative metrics to the user. The focus of this study involved a male, 5 years post amputation, who exhibited hip adduction and fatigued quickly when walking. Following intervention, the subject exhibited a more uniform stride length and a narrower base of support. The subject was also able to walk a longer distance during the 2 minute walk test and fatigued less quickly. The individual stated that he could stand and walk for longer periods of time following the training and felt that his activities of daily living were easier and his overall quality of life had improved. VRR, incorporating real time feedback and objective performance metrics, appears to be very promising. Five additional amputee patients completed VRR training and all reported positive outcomes.