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ECTRIMS 2022 | Technology-supported rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis

Peter Feys, PhD, Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium, reviews available technology-supported rehabilitation methods for improving gait and upper limb function in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple high-end robots are available in specialized clinical centers to provide robot-supported gait training and upper limb rehabilitation. Results have suggested superiority of robot-supported gait training in more disabled patients, but the evidence is still conflicting. Regarding robot-supported upper limb rehabilitation, evidence shows effects but no superiority compared to conventional training. Low-cost virtual devices and mHealth applications have also been investigated and developed in recent years. Studies have been looking at the potential of virtual reality to improve upper limb function and balance, and results have been positive so far. Several mobile apps have been developed to help patients walk longer, manage fatigue, and improve cognitive function. This interview took place at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Congress 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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