Upper Limb Rehabilitation using Virtual Reality in acute Spinal Cord Injury

  • Paul, Lorna (PI)
  • Poyade, Matthieu (CoI)
  • Purcell, Mariell (CoI)

Project Details


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is devastating for the individual. Improving arm and hand function is a high priority for people with SCI affecting their neck, and even small improvements in arm and hand function can reduce the reliance on others for self-care, promoting independence and positively affecting quality of life.
Virtual reality (VR) training has been used as a form of arm and hand rehabilitation in different clinical conditions. The exercises are done in virtual environment, which is more enjoyable and motivating than traditional exercise therapy, which improves the amount of therapy undertaken, leading to improvement in arm and hand function. The studentship will be in four phases 1) review of the literature 2) focus groups with people who have arm/hand problems due to SCI and therapists 3) development of a suite of VR games/exercises that can be prescribed and progressed by the therapist depending on the users needs and recovery 4) testing if the VR games are feasible and acceptable for people with arm/hand problems due to SCI. The PhD student will use his previous experience in serious game design to design, develop and test the VR games in people with acute SCI. VR is a low cost method of delivering rehabilitation if it is found to be beneficial.
Short titleVR Upper Limb Rehab
Effective start/end date1/10/2130/09/24


  • Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research: £100,566.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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