‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Med. Director, Research Center of RSH and Activity Assitive Technology, Fujjta Health University and Dr Yoko Inamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University briefed the delegates about dysphagia. Speaking further about the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery, he explained, the robot is a good device for people with disability

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia includes difficulty starting a swallow (called oropharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (called esophageal dysphagia).

Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Med. Director, Research Center of RSH and Activity Assitive Technology, Fujjta Health University briefed the attendees about swallowing problem and it’s rehabilitation and the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery.

“Swallowing disorder is very common and the rehabilitation (Dysphagia Rehabilitation)  is important now. How do we think about image diagnosis? Swallowing is not only got the problem of medicine but a life problem. As one will find it difficult to eat, ” said Dr Saitoh.

He added, “Swallowing is very difficult to look at from outside. But if one uses imaging technology, one can view it. And know the risk and way to tackle the same.

Dr Yoko Inamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University highlighted the swallowing exercises for dysphagia. The exercise was divided into 2 parts.

She said, “It is necessary for swallowing functions. So, to adjust to the difficulty of patients, we need swallowing evaluation. The evaluation is dispensable  for a prompt treatment. There are so many patients affected with dysphagia. What clinicians need to do, is to first evaluate whether the patient has any other problem. After the evaluation, we give a prompt treatment.”

Talking about the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery, he explained, “Robot is a good device for people with disability. We have developed several robots.

Dr Saitoh signed off by saying, “India is a huge country. There are so many people with disability, especially neurological disorders. I hope there are measures to solve it.”