This announcement was made on Sunday on the concluding day of the seventh International Conference of Physical Therapy AIIMS 2018.
Attended by more than 600 delegates from different parts of the country and abroad, the two-day conference was inaugurated by Union minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Saturday.
Choubey said the central government will soon pass the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 and appealed the opposition to support it as the Act would benefit lakhs of Indians.
Nirmal Kumar, organising secretary, said: “With India’s ever-growing ageing population, it is inevitable for physiotherapists to keep themselves abreast of latest trends and innovation while working with healthcare professionals and patients to provide best treatment for early rehabilitation.”
“The inclusion of robots in ICU’s is set to be a game-changer especially for early rehabilitation of both upper and lower limbs of the patients,” said Dr Prabhat Ranjan, senior physiotherapist, department of neurology, AIIMS. He added that people suffering from the after-effects of strokes, spinal cord injuries, trauma and other neurological and orthopedic conditions would really benefit from the new technology and it will surely improve their physical, mental and sensory functions.
In developed countries, robotics are the latest tools in physical therapy and rehabilitation, Ranjan said.