Blekinge Regional Council uses Virtual Reality in physical therapy

Blekinge County Council has chosen to work with a virtual physiotherapy tool from Curest, a Luleå-based Medtech company. The tool is developed to improve the rehabilitation of head- and neck related injuries such as whiplash and dizziness.

Blekinge Regional Council uses Virtual Reality in physical therapy
The team at Karlskrona Rehab Center

Blekinge Regional Council’s digitalization unit explore and tests new digital solutions and innovations that can improve the region’s healthcare. Now, the County Council has started a collaboration project with Curest to offer rehabilitation via virtual reality and rehabilitate neck injuries, whiplash, and dizziness.

– This is a huge step for us. By thinking in a new way, and working digital, we can make sure that more patients can receive good healthcare with desirable effects. Curest gives physiotherapists a smart tool that improves quality of rehabilitation, complience and potentially large resource savings for the region says Tommy Brånhede, Innovation Strategist at Blekinge’s digitalization unit.

Patients suffering from head- and neck related injuries will have the opportunity to borrow a pair of VR-glasses containing a variety of training programs. The training result is automatically sent to a physiotherapist for analysis and follow-up. VR-headsets will also be available at the rehab center in Karlskrona.

Last year we did over 57 000 physical therapy meetings with patients! The need for rehabilitation is huge and to us, it is important that healthcare is available for everybody, especially during the pandemic (Covid-19). Thanks to Curest, patients can rehabilitate from home and have their follow-up meeting via telephone or video call, says Sara Larsson, Head of Department at Karlskrona Rehabcenter.

Curest was founded in early 2020 and since then, many Swedish county councils and private healthcare providers have started to use their services.

– We are very proud that Blekinge Regional Council has given us their trust. Today, our product is used by physiotherapists all the way from Norrbotten in the north of Sweden, down to Skåne in the south. Blekinge is the fourth region now offering VR technology to their inhabitants. Due to the raising demand of our solution, the company is growing, and we are currently looking for more developers to join our journey, says Emil Lilja, CEO at Curest.    

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