After we had received the long-awaited CE certification for our AnyHand a few weeks ago, the first patients could now to test our device: The occupational therapy practice Odenthal in Neuss is specialized in hand rehabilitation and was one of the most important contacts for feedback during the development. Therefore we are more than happy that we were able to provide the team around Anette Philipp with an AnyHand for a few days, gain further insights and offer some patients a training with AnyHand - at this point we would like to thank the whole team for their support!
Pascal spent a few days in Neuss to experience our hand therapy robot in practice for the first time. The first test person, patient zero so to speak, delighted us with his feedback: "The device you guys developed is really cool!” After he had broken his metacarpal bone a few months ago, CRPS, the complex regional pain syndrome restricted him additionally: After e.g. an injury to the hand or a fracture in the forearm, a dysregulation of the nervous system can occur, triggering the sometimes chronic pain. He liked not only the therapy with AnyHand but also its visual appearance: "The design is stylish!”
Another patient used AnyHand’s assistive therapy. The restricted hand actively executes the movement and is mechanically supported to make full use of the range of motion when her own strength runs out. After her stroke, the patient can use this therapy to train the holistic movement of the hand and in this way improve mobility and coordination step by step. The patient described the 15-minute session as intensive and quite challenging and felt an improvement in stretching her fingers right after the treatment.
In addition to the actual therapy, an important guiding question for our observation was: How does the integration into the daily therapy routine work, does the preparation go smoothly and most importantly, does it save time? For the different hand sizes, there are three sizes of finger holders to exchange. No problem for the Neuss therapists even at the first attempt. The automatic size adjustment, which takes the hand width and thumb position into account, also took only a few seconds, just as planned.
After three days of observation, Pascal sums up: "In total, we treated 16 patients with different indications such as arthrosis, flexor tendon injury, fracture and stroke with AnyHand. The feedback was consistently positive, which is an enormous motivational boost for the entire team!
After short-term corona delays, it comes in very handy that production just restarted and the first AnyHands can be used in clinics and practices soon.