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Ngee Ann Poly develops shoulder rehab device

A shoulder rehabilitation device developed by students and educators from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, together with physiotherapists from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), will hit the market soon.

SINGAPORE: A shoulder rehabilitation device developed by students and educators from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, together with physiotherapists from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), will hit the market soon.

The device, which can be used at home, helps patients to regain their upper limb functions as it strengthens the shoulder muscle. It will be used at SGH in September.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between SingHealth and Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Tuesday (June 17), signifying further collaboration between them to develop healthcare initiatives.

"Right now, we do not have a device to help patients with the shoulder rehab in terms of active assisted exercises,” said Jennifer Liaw, senior principal physiotherapist at SGH.

“So this device bridges the gap in the access continuum for the shoulder rehab and makes exercise rehab for the shoulder more holistic and comprehensive."

"The challenge is that the students are only given one year to come up with the original prototype,” said Peter Liang, director of the mechanical engineering division at Ngee Ann Polytechinic’s School of Engineering.

“Along the way, they have to do quite a bit of digital survey. They have to spend quite some time in the hospital, in the ward, to understand how the patients go through the necessary rehabilitation process." 

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