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Recovering mobility after a bone fracture

Bones is an orthopedic cast that records muscle activity around the fracture area and simulates the full recovery time of the patient. It is supported by a community-based website for cast users and those who track their mobility and recovery achievements.

After a fracture, the patient goes to the Hospital to be analysed and receives the proper treatment by their doctor. There they are presented with Bones.

When the user turns on Bones, all muscle activity around the fracture area is captured by electromyographic (EMG) sensors and stored in the cast device.

This information can be synced via wireless to the user’s online profile where they have a history of their activities as a simulation of their full mobility recovery time according to their progress and exercising routine. On the website, Bones analyses user’s achievements and suggests specific exercises in order to keep the muscles around the fracture area active. Ultimately, using the Bones cast will reduce the overall period of recovery time.

All the information collected from the user goes to the community based website of Bones where it is available online to all. Doctors, physiotherapists and new users of Bones can consult and follow the patient's progress.

Bones cast device

Polycaprolactone cast: lighter and more hygienic material.

Electromyography sensors for capturing muscle activity around the fractured area.

With Bones users can visualize achievements of current and former patients who have a similar type of fracture.

The reason for sharing this information works as a way to encourage new users to engage with their recovery process from the beginning of their treatment.

Bones website: landing page

Last exercise event performance.

Exercising recommendations based on patient's type of fracture.

The process of recovering from a fractured bone is not limited to the period spent with the cast, but to the entire mobility and muscles strains recovery process.

During the cast period the fractured limb loses huge amounts of muscle strain due to the inactivity of the area. One of the causes is that users start to exercise the limb only after removing the cast while they should be engaged in keeping the muscles around the fractured area active from the very first day with the cast.

The goal of Bones is to offer concrete information and a sense of achievement according to the level of exercise that users do during the cast period. Based on all the physical activity data of the patient, Bones simulates the time reduced from the users full mobility and muscle strain recovery treatment.