Three types of therapeutic aids are available for the sensorimotor rehabilitation of the hand: physical therapy, electrophysical modalities and orthoses. A systematic review of the effects of electrophysical therapies has been developed to provide an integrated overview support evidence-based therapeutic decision-making.
La rehabilitación sensoriomotora de la mano cuenta con tres tipos de ayudas terapéuticas: terapia física, modalidades electrofísicas y órtesis. Se ha desarrollado una revisión sistemática de los efectos de las terapias electrofísicas para brindar una visión integrada que permita la toma de decisiones terapéuticas sustentadas en la evidencia clínica.
In 2017, in line with its philosophy of promoting and transferring knowledge and technology, the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) developed FallSkip/IBV, a fall risk assessment application. This tool meets an explicit public healthcare demand, due to the high prevalence of falls among elderly people and the associated costs. FallSkip allows users to carry out, in just under two minutes, a complete assessment test and to obtain results on gait, balance, sitting and standing and reaction time, as well as an instantaneous final fall risk index. Its validity and reliability have been proved within diverse clinical contexts, including patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson's disease.
The objectivity of the results it provides, as well as its versatility and agility, make FallSkip a very useful tool in several types of care processes, where the quality of the care is primordial, not to mention efficiency and speed. Other current clinical uses include its use in programs for the prevention of falls in the elderly population in Primary Care, or in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, at both the care and research levels. Regarding the latter, the doctors involved highlight its simplicity, objectivity and its usefulness during the objectification of functional evolution and the design of specific treatments.
In collaboration with the Galician Health Service (SERGAS) and VECMEDICAL SPAIN S.L., the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) has developed an innovative multichannel device for flexible or rigid intrarectal endoscopy and rigid instrument-assisted removal of rectal lesions that cannot be treated using conventional flexible endoscopy techniques. The starting point was a conceptual idea defined by the clinical group, led by Dr. José Noguera, and all the stages of the development were carried out jointly, beginning with the conceptual design and including risk assessment, in vitro functionality tests, redesign, animal experimentation, design for manufacturing and the generation of the necessary documentation for CE marking and to begin clinical trials in humans.