Sensing technologies and robotic interfaces have tremendous potential for physical therapy.
Rather than be passive consumers of emerging technologies, physical therapists must be proactive partners by working with engineers to inspire discoveries that will optimize best practice principles for our patients.
Indeed, gaps in our knowledge of how best to treat our clients can be partially attributed to the fact that quantifying the impact of physical therapy applications at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels is complex and mostly unknown.
If you are interested in these topics, engage with APTA's Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science and Technology Council.
Apr 1, 2019 / Feature
Physical therapists are playing key roles in innovative rehabilitation technologies.
Additional Robotics and Sensors Content
Aug 1, 2020 / Feature
Advances in robotics and exoskeletons help patients and offer clinicians additional tools.
Nov 1, 2019 / Feature
Advances in health care technology raise legal and ethical issues. Here are some situations you soon may encounter, if you haven't already. How should you respond?
Aug 13, 2019 /
Thubi H.A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses her research and article in PTJ.
May 28, 2019 / Article
Topics include sensor technology and device development, approaches to measurement and assessment using emerging technology, and perception-action.
Nov 1, 2018 / Column
Promising technology and a clinician who feels compromised.
Dec 1, 2017 / Feature
How is technology altering physical therapist practice? APTA's new FiRST Council provides some insight.
Aug 30, 2017 / News
Researchers from NIH believe they've come up with an exoskeleton with the right combination of features to treat crouch gait in children with CP —the device improves knee extension but does so in a way that allows wearers to use their own muscles.
Mar 1, 2017 / Feature
Find out about wireless brain-spinal interfaces, “soft robot” applications in rehabilitation, virtual reality systems for intermanual transfer, diagnosing concussions using hearing, stem cells to repair meniscal tears, and more.