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3D environment for Hand Physiotherapy


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After hand surgery, it is almost always necessary for patients to have physiotherapy afterwards to help with their recovery. As part of this, the patient will need to perform hand exercises at home. However, the patient may not always do the exercises correctly, or they might forget to do their exercises.

The goal of this project is to use the Leap Motion to create a user-friendly GUI which a patient could use to aid them with their home exercises. The interface would show the user where their hand should be and they would then need to follow the movements. It could work from a web-based software or a downloaded software. It would need to be tailored to the patient so it contained their specific required exercises, which could be input by the physiotherapist. It would need to store data on how the patient is doing and feedback this data to the patient, and possibly also to the physiotherapist via the internet. If internet-based, patient confidentiality and security would need to be considered.

This project would be performed in close collaboration with a physiotherapist, an orthopaedic hand surgeon, and a post-doctoral researcher based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.