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It happened in a split second. On May 31, 2008, Brad Burns was in a car accident. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and paid the price.

“Fractured all of my ribs on the right side and fractured my pelvis and had lacerated lungs and was on a ventilator,” he said.

It’s taken two years of rehabilitation therapy to help him re-learn how to walk and talk. But recently, he tried something new: an interactive arts program at Ohio State University

Using bio-physical sensors, Brad’s movements are transformed into works of art.

Each colorful mark becomes data that can be analyzed. The idea is to distract patients and give them an opportunity to create while they work.

“Something like this where you’re concentrating on something else, and it’s a little more engaging, and it’s more entertaining, you’re more likely to keep going,” said Lise Worthen-Chaudhari.

Researchers found patients enjoyed the program and some, like Brad, performed better than they did during standard therapy.

The interactive arts therapy can help people with neurological injuries, traumatic brain juries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. Researchers are currently finishing a study to test the technology on patients with balance issues.

 

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