5 New Technologies That Speed Up Injury Recovery

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 New Technologies That Speed Up Injury Recovery


Today, recovery from illnesses, both physical and mental, uses more than just medication or therapy. Instead, new technologies of all sorts have changed the way that doctors diagnose and treat their patients and have changed the recovery times and prognoses of thousands of individuals across the country and around the world.

These five are just a glimpse at what researchers are currently discovering across the medical field.

Muscle Recovery

If you do not have a fitness tracker such as a FitBit yourself, you surely know someone who has one because they have become a commonplace purchase. While most wearables track steps, calories and heart rates, new wearables are being released that can help muscles recover faster after injury.

Normatec is one such manufacturer that is releasing a special compression device that can be worn to relieve everything from minor aches and pains to muscle tears.

Dental Recovery

Tooth extractions and dental implants can cause quite a bit of pain in the mouth, cause people to miss work and require numerous days of narcotic pain medication. However, Atlanta West Dentistry has been working on technology that will help your mouth heal faster after dental work by using your own platelets for immediate healing. Platelet-Rich Fibrin technology makes use of a medical centrifuge to spin out platelets to create an immediate clot. Patients go home with no open wounds.

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Wound and Tumor Healing

Harvard Medical School and the University of St. Andrews has been working on a technology called photochemical tissue bonding, which uses special light rays to improve healing of wounds. While this process has been used previously to help treat superficial wounds, it is now being used with fiber optic wires placed inside the body to treat internal wounds and even tumors. After use, these wires biodegrade, eliminating the need for their removal.

Concussion Recovery

Doctors have often held the supposition that people who have experienced concussions are at higher risk for a second concussion in the future. Patients have traditionally been told to rest up and avoid further jarring events. In addition, those who have experienced concussions as part of an injury incurred through someone else or on someone else's property should contact a personal injury attorney. However, new technology can actually help your brain recover if you have a concussion. Designed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, these new therapies target six main areas that concussions affect in the body and mind and work with vision, concentration and balance. Using these therapies, 90% of patients have seen complete recovery.

Bionic Eyes

While researchers have long known what causes blindness, they have previously found it impossible to duplicate the natural electrical impulses that are sent from the eyes to the brain to replicate sight. However, a wearable camera has been designed by Sheila Nirenberg to collect sights and code them in such a way that the brain can receive them. The information is sent to the brain via genes that are injected into the eye itself.

So many of the diseases that affect humans around the world have seemed impossible to adjust to let alone fix. However, with improving technologies, researchers are discovering ways of aiding recovery and helping those who have been injured or born with congenital abnormalities live full and healthy lives. As these scientists continue to discover more secrets buried in the human body, technology is sure to make impressive gains.

By  Dixie SomersEmbed

Author Bio - Dixie is a freelance writer who loves to write about business, finance and self improvement. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.


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