It is great to see that ORI has two articles amongst the top three most read articles on the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies website over the last 6 months. Congratulations to Professor Ian Swain, on his review paper investigating the benefits of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for drop foot and its interference with pacemakers and implanted cardioverter defibrillators. And also to Tom Wainwright and colleagues for their overview of wearable devices available for hip and knee replacement patients during rehabilitation.
ORI’s work looking at the role of assistive technologies in orthopaedics continues to rapidly grow and expand, in line with the strategic investment areas within the BU2025 strategy. ORI has current projects looking at smart phone applications, the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation, robotic assisted surgical techniques, the use of actigraphy to measure outcomes post-surgery, and the use of virtual reality simulators to train surgeons.