New Rehabilitation System in Dubuque Adds Fun to Recovery Process

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Something that's all fun for some video gamers, is turning out to be a game changer for rehabilitation patients. Manor Care in Dubuque is using the OmniVR System. That's a virtual rehabilitation system. It's similar to an Xbox Kinect or a Nintendo Wii.

Put Iva Noonan in front of the OmniVR and she's right back in high school.

Noonan said, "the volleyball game reminds me of my youth. I used to play volleyball a lot. "

It's one of the games she's using to help recover from her total knee replacement surgery. The games require rehab patients to move in ways that help strengthen their joints and muscles.

Manor Care Therapist Becky Schulting, P.T.A. said, "there's a camera and it is right on them the entire time. It mimics every movement that they do. "

Patient Janet Gregg said, "I don't really think about it as exercise. It's just kind of fun. "

Therapists say the key is focusing on fun to make patients forget it's work.

Schulting said, "They're trying to get the bingo number not necessarily worrying about how they're standing up. "

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