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Innovation in Physical Therapy - 12 Inspiring Startups


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Almost everyone will experience a physical injury during his life, either light or heavy. Thanks to sensors, 3D-printing or digital solutions some innovators are changing the way physical rehabilitation are performed.

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Innovation in Physical Therapy - 12 Inspiring Startups

  1. 1. PHYSICAL Innovation in THERAPY 12 Inspiring Startups By Bruno Rakotozafy
  2. 2. Context
  3. 3. Definition Remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.
  4. 4. Physiotherapists Recreational Therapists Orthoptists Podiatrists Occupational Therapists Who’s Involved ?
  5. 5. 5 drivers being leveraged to disrupt physical therapy
  6. 6. Sensors are cheap and everywhere. 1
  7. 7. Wandercraft is a French company developing affordable exoskeletons for disabled and paraplegics people.
  8. 8. Valedo is a pair of sensors that, when used in unison with an app, helps people train their back to reduce and prevent future pain.
  9. 9. MetaWear (on Kickstarter) MetaWear is a tiny Bluetooth sensor the size of a coin, cheap and easily programable to prototype connected objects quickly.
  10. 10. Patient education leads to patient adherence 2
  11. 11. An exercise prescription app designed to simply, quickly and safely prescribe exercises to their patients in only 3 steps.
  12. 12. A suite of Knee, Shoulder, Foot, Hand, Hip and Spine mobile apps for better patient comprehension thanks to 3D animations and anatomical videos.
  13. 13. Medimoov is a specialty game that is using the Microsoft Kinect to help patient move their upper body and follow their progress throughout rehab sessions.
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  15. 15. Predicting patterns thanks to multiple points of data 3
  16. 16. Formetrics uses a non-ionizing imaging device couple with a predictive software to find the possible origins of back pain (foot, eye, mouth, previous trauma, ...)
  17. 17. Darma is a smart cushion that can monitor your sitting habits and coach you thanks to an app to improve posture and avoid back pain.
  18. 18. Reflexion Health is a software for medical professionals and their patients. It uses the Kinect to track patient adherence for the prescribed rehab plan.
  19. 19. Therapists are looking for more efficient tools 4
  20. 20. Goniometer Pro (AppStore) A goniometer is a device that measures angles. This digital version help measuring a patient's range-of-motion (ROM) for a particular joint determining the extent of an injury and the expected speed of their recovery.
  21. 21. iOrtho+ (AppStore) iOrtho+ is a physical therapy app for professionals, including over hundreds of orthopedic special tests and joint mobilization techniques clearly illustrated.
  22. 22. Customization & Cost-cutting with 3D Printing 5
  23. 23. An online volunteer organization that is using the internet to match children in need of prosthetic hands and fingers with volunteers able to make them on 3-D printers.
  24. 24. SOLS is a 3D-printing company which manufacture customized insoles based on patient footprints scanned with an iPad app
  25. 25. 3D-Printed Splints & Casts A new service to be created?
  26. 26. Thank You (Feel free to comment in the section below)