how to face lower limb rehabilitation
Sports injuries and lower limb rehabilitation
During the practice of a sporting activity it frequently happens to take blows, to suffer small traumas, to fall and consequently to get injured to the lower limbs.
The most affected parts are knee and ankle and problems can be of different kinds: articular distortions, foot injuries, inflammation of the Achilles tendon, iliotibial band syndrome or runner’s knee, patellofemoral syndrome, rupture of the meniscus, up to to one of the most recurrent and invalidating diagnoses, anterior cruciate ligament rupture (ACL).
Unfortunately, these problems force athletes, both amateurs and professionals, to undergo more or less long periods of rehabilitation and boring physiotherapy sessions.
How to tackle the rehabilitation process
A normal rehabilitation process involves numerous physiotherapy sessions, often repetitive, to be performed consistently in order to maximize recovery.
CoRehab was born to accompany patients on this journey, making it easier, more fun and above all more effective.
The idea of Riablo, a technologically advanced medical device based on the principle of biofeedback, was born from the breaking of the cruciate ligament of our founder, David.
Thanks to validated inertial sensors that detect body movements and interactive software, the patient is guided in the correct execution of each exercise.
Receiving quantitative and qualitative information on one’s own movement in real time will considerably improve the quality of the entire rehabilitation process, reducing recovery times as well.
From rehabilitation to return to sport after ACL reconstruction
A very important and debated topic is the assessment of fitness to return to sports following an anterior cruciate ligament rupture (ACL).
How to understand if the patient is really ready to return, minimizing the risk of re-injury?
Many tests use the symmetry comparison, comparing the performance of the injured limb to the healthy one, with unreliable results. The same isokinetic test, used as a standard from the 1990s in post-LCA reconstruction, does not provide any comparison with normative data.
CoRehab has decided to turn to the best European experts in the field of orthopedics and rehabilitation, to devise an objective and effective solution to the problem of returning to sport after the ACL has broken.
From this partnership with the best European centers, Back in Action was born.
“With Back in Action, more than 10,000 tests have already been performed on athletes operated on the anterior cruciate ligament”
Back in Action is a test to objectively assess whether an athlete is fit to return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
The test evaluates:
- Bipodalic and monopodalic stability
- Strength, indirectly measured through jumps with counter-movement (CMJ) mono and bipodalic
- Agility, measured through plyometric jumps, or four consecutive jumps in the place where the goal is to maximize height and minimize the average time of contact to the ground
- Speed, measured with a monolateral test similar to the hop-test and a coordination test, with 15 touches inside-out a ladder
However, the idea of the battery of tests was not sufficient, it was necessary to compare the results of each test with those of an uninjured patient.
To this end, our partner in Innsbruck (Gelenkpunkt) has built a unique database of regulatory data on the execution of the 7 tests by around 450 subjects, dividing the data by age group and gender.
Lower Limbs Rehabilitation at home?
Until recently, it was practically impossible to offer patients home rehabilitation.
CoRehab has always been committed to supporting rehabilitation processes and, thanks to the implementation of biofeedback technology in its products, has introduced a new way of dealing with rehabilitation, making it simple, stimulating and above all more effective.
In addition to this, there was a need for a new system that would allow patients to perform part of the rehabilitation from the comfort of home.
To start spreading home rehabilitation, CoRehab has designed Kari: a product consisting of a single inertial sensor and an app that the patient can download to their smartphones and tablets.
Through the app and biofeedback provided by the data transmitted by the sensor, the patient is guided along a path of specific programs for the rehabilitation of the lower limbs.