Thursday, December 24, 2009
Medical Reports: Robots Massage Away Pain
Robots are no longer just science fiction. In fact, one special robot is helping physical therapists heal patients with everything from back pain to spinal cord injuries. 7s Richard Lemus has details in tonight's Healthcast.
WSVN -- Just two weeks before 23-year-old Marine Mike Delancey was scheduled to return home from Iraq his worst nightmare happened.
Mike Delancey: "The bullet hit and came through my left shoulder right here, and it basically travelled across my spine."
His family was told he wouldn't make it.
Mike Delancey: "I knew better purpose. It wasn't my time to go."
Mike survived but was left paralyzed. Now, part of his recovery is getting his game back.
Mike Delancey: "If I try to do certain things like shoot a basketball, you know, it comes right here, and you don't have that right motion."
Mike turned to this robot for help. It works by lengthening tight muscles. A physical therapist positions the mechanical arm over the targeted area and then built-in sensors are programmed to apply a specific amount of pressure.
Al Meilus: "It starts actually very subtly, moving and hunting, and it fools the muscle fibers to go and come apart and go from an adhered state and go like this."
Al Meilus: "It was horrible. I was left completely crippled."
After a chiropractor dislocated his jointdave hutchieson was told he would never walk again, but the former paratrooper never lost hope.
Mike Delancey: "We were always told never give up. It doesn't matter what happened, never give up."
After a couple months with the robot he was back to walking normally. Mike is seeing improvement too and ready to roll with whatever his life brings.
Richard Lemus: "This robot can also be used to help people who suffer from back pain, headaches, sciatica, arthritis and other ailments."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Meilus Muscular Therapy & Sports, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL