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Engineer creates wearable to help cope with phantom limb pain

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-03-27 18:23

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Amira’s invention integrates medical wearable technology with vibration therapy. This patent-pending technology is being used to create a line of therapeutic apparels that improve blood/fluid circulation and tissue activity in the body.

The inventor founded her own company, TheraV, in 2016, after launching a crowdfunding campaign and with two years of development and testing her product.

The CEO, who has a master’s in entrepreneurship and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, was inspired by a patient she met at a prosthetic clinic, and then she realised that there are very limited options for people who struggle with phantom limb pain.

She also was driven by a situation involving herself. Amira underwent a painful surgery where she says she had a similar experience as some amputees who deal with phantom limb pain. “I had some bone shaved off. When my meds wore off, I was in severe pain. I can’t imagine what amputees might feel like”.

During research and development, Amira spoke with prosthetists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists who work with amputees, a few masseuses and amputees.

The device, a wearable, consists of sleeves that come with vibrating nodes. These sleeves can be placed where the pain exists and the device has on/off buttons that allow the user to regulate the level of the intensity and alter the vibration pattern.

The CEO is thinking especially of veterans. “Veterans are such a big part of our community, we want to get the devices to them. We have a device that can help, so it is natural we want to immediately see our device start helping the people who need it”, she observed.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2JKuDcP

More info: https://www.weartherav.com/

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Amira Idris, from the USA, was an undergraduate student working at Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics Inc when she met a patient struggling with phantom limb pain who was unable to manage the pain with traditional means. This inspired her to create a device to help these patients - Elix.

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