Robotics, revolutionary technologies for femur fractures

As part of the national project “Fit For Medical Robotics”, one of the most ambitious ideas was developed together by the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico Roma and the COT Orthopedic Traumatological Care of Messina: the use of new technologies for rehabilitation after fractures of the femur. “The study arises from incontrovertible data: the number of proximal femur fractures is growing, especially in elderly patients and rehabilitation is essential to restore motor functions and independence in daily life activities, we read in a note – Thanks to motion sensors most accurate latest generation wearables available on the market, to a stabilometric platform and software designed according to the most modern user experience techniques, these new technologies allow the patient to carry out the exercises in a motivated and correct way, and the professional to obtain objective data along the entire rehabilitation process. This software allows 350 exercises available and various usage solutions. Furthermore, it is a highly customizable device based on the patient’s condition and the clinical parameters that the professional intends to evaluate and monitor”.

“A type of rehabilitation – explains the prof. Ferlazzo Ceo of the Cot of Messina – which guarantees a high level of involvement and manages to improve patients’ motor skills. Every single exercise is proposed with real-time visual-auditory biofeedback which enhances neural plasticity and promotes the restoration of motor patterns. It also allows you to carry out analyzes on balance, risk of falling, walking and performance of the lower limbs. Once an exercise or assessment has been completed, all the results are automatically processed by the software and made available in the form of intuitive reports which are very useful for keeping track of the path followed by the patient, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, with the possibility of viewing comparisons between groups of patients and/or between practices of the same patient”. The “Fit For Medical Robotics” project has the final objective of scientifically demonstrating the most effective use of robotic technology within the patient’s rehabilitation process, with the same precision with which today we are able to prescribe a drug. One year after its launch, researchers took stock of the first results and showed some of the technologies that will populate healthcare facilities. Today, robots for rehabilitation, exoskeletons for assistance, upper and lower limb prostheses, wearable sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms for communication and interaction with machines, augmented and virtual reality systems for facilitate interaction with technology are the subject of advanced research but still used in single centers within small experimental studies which offer the first encouraging results.

For the first time in Italy, research on advanced technologies for rehabilitation and treatment synergistically connects engineers and clinicians within more than 50 different studies with over 2000 patients involved in more than 25 facilities throughout Italy. The clinical and research centers and the companies involved, led by the National Research Council (CNR) with the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome and the Don Gnocchi Foundation, operate together thanks to a loan of 126 million euros made available within of the Complementary Plan to the PNRR by the Ministry of University and Research.