Current Issue Introduction
Dear AJPM&R readers,
Exercise is a central strategy in rehabilitation and can be used in multiple forms. This issue of the AJPM&R includes two studies looking at Tai Chi exercise and horseback riding as rehabilitative agents. In addition, a review on the very important topic of exercise for people with disabilities can be found in the "literature Review" section. The reader should also visit our Visual Gallery with two new excellent videos on ultrasound.
Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD
October 2017 Supplement - Enhancing Rehabilitation and Recovery Through Technology
One of the exciting developments in rehabilitation is the incorporation of robots and other technologies as potential means to augment exercise and recovery. As a child of the 70's I've always associated robots with C3PO and R2D2, but as a physiatrist in the 21st century I have embraced robots in different forms, including soft wearable ones and robots that can be combined with brain stimulation, among others. This special supplement presents novel application of these technologies to potentially act in synergy with conventional neurologic and physical therapies. The current challenge of technology-assisted rehabilitation is not only in demonstrating efficacy but also delivering user-friendly, personally-meaningful, and cost-effective devices. Developing a sustainable model for clinical rehabilitation technologies is also a challenge as one of the articles in this issue discusses.
Gerard E. Francisco, MD
TIRR Memorial Hermann