Development of Rehabilitation Software with the Cooperation of Physiotherapists and Engineers: A Shoulder Rehabilitation Pilot Study

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Menek B., Oktay A. B., Tarakcı D.

Gümüşhane Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.12, no.4, pp.1950-1958, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The use of technological rehabilitation as a comp- lementary approach has gained popularity in recent years. This study aimed to create serious games for shoulder rehabilitation and investigate their impact on patients with rotator cuff rupture in terms of pain, range of motion, joint position sense, and approxima- tion force. Additionally, it aimed to showcase the collaboration between physiotherapists and engineers in developing technological rehabilitation software. The study involved 20 patients with rotator cuff ruptu- re who underwent the Serious-Game Exercise (SGE) program twice a week for six weeks. All individuals were assessed before and after the treatment, and the results showed significant differences in all measured parameters (p<0.05). The study concluded that SGE is an effective therapy for patients with rotator cuff rup- ture, and serious games can be a viable alternative therapeutic approach.

Keywords: Exercise, Exergaming, Gamification, Rotator cuff