Ryland Day (firstname.lastname@example.org), Justin LeClair (email@example.com), Syrus Miner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The majority of physical therapy patients do not achieve their desired outcomes. Due to the recent global pandemic, many physical therapy patients were unable to attend appointments and the communication between physical therapists and patients was negatively impacted. This led to patients not knowing what they should be doing to get better or even maintain their progress without the correct equipment. New and improved remote and virtual meeting technologies have the potential to make physical therapy more convenient and accessible. We plan to develop a method to increase the number of patients reaching a positive result with their physical therapy through modern technologies; a smart at home physical therapy product that is paired with an app along with a box of equipment and supplements specific to the needs of the patient's area of focus. Each part of this product will give patients the necessary aids to achieve their long-term physical therapy goals. Advances in technology can bring the physical therapists and the patients closer together with the ability to click on an assigned exercise and learn how it needs to be done with a video or recording would be a game changer for a lot of recovering patients. Having access to the right equipment or supplements to help the healing process advance would be very beneficial as well. This is a preliminary idea within our interdisciplinary group of a mechanical engineer, biomedical science, and computer science background.
University / Institution: Utah Tech University
Format: In Person
SESSION D (3:30-5:00PM)
Area of Research: Health & Medicine
Faculty Mentor: Vinodh Chellamuthu, Aaron Davis, Randy Klabacka