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Introducing AI-based pose detection for digital physical rehabilitation

Applying camera-based motion analysis for digital MSK rehabilitation to transform virtual physical therapy



What is AI-powered human pose detection?

What is AI-powered human pose detection?

AI-powered human pose detection or estimation is an advanced technique, which involves artificial intelligence to identify the position of human body parts (biceps, forearms, thighs, calves, and more) in images and videos.

AI-powered human pose detection enables computers to interpret visual information by using computer vision, in particular object detection, image segmentation, and other sophisticated techniques.


The areas of use

The areas of use

AI real-time motion analysis software facilitates:

  • Digital therapeutics
  • Digital rehabilitation
  • Elderly care/geriatric physical therapy
  • Orthopedics and sports medicine
  • Prosthetic design and fitting
  • Surgical planning
  • Spinal rehab

CV camera-based movement analysis software benefits:

  • Patients undergoing physical therapy for rehabilitation
  • Patients with chronic conditions
  • Elderly people at risk of falls
  • Disabled people
  • Medical professionals and geriatric physical therapists

The 101 of digital pose detection

In the prior days, pose estimation was typically done manually. This required expensive cameras, special markers and sensors, and technically trained personnel to assist.

In addition, manual analysis was prone to errors, as the same movements could be interpreted differently.

Built-in cameras (smartphones, tablets) along with AI are now significantly revolutionizing human scanning — computer analysis eliminates limitations providing accuracy and consistency.


The benefits of using AI-based pose detection in rehabilitation

As part of a telerehabilitation platform, computer vision assessment can:

1. Release the physical therapist from routine tasks

The platform can digitize and visualize the execution of exercises — the movements are tracked and evaluated to provide practical guidelines and facilitate quick recovery, which improves patient outcomes and satisfaction.

2. Help detect early MSK problems

The platform can provide instant analysis to prevent and ensure timely treatment of common MSK problems.


Pose detection: The value for physicians and patients

For therapists, the benefits of using AI human pose detection is significant:

  1. Simplified administration
  2. Data-driven decision-making
  3. No additional hardware
  4. Remote support and monitoring

For patients, the capabilities of CV body pose estimation allow to:

  • Identify errors during exercising to avoid potential injuries
  • Receive guidance during exercising
  • Analyze performance
  • Track progress

The adoption of virtual motion analysis

Telehealth and telemedicine solutions are becoming more popular among physicians and patients, and the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the main drivers:

  • 65% of respondents haven’t used telehealth software before the crisis
  • 43% of respondents started seeing their patients by using telehealth software at the peak times of the COVID-19 outburst
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