02/06/2021

Categories: Biomedical and Medical Engineering, Undergradute

Rehabilitation Engineering - Trends to watch out for

If you’re interested in engineering but not sure which area you’d like to work in, rehabilitation engineering could provide you with a career path you might not have otherwise considered. But what does this type of engineering involve, and how could you make a difference to others when you work in this fascinating industry?

If you have never heard of rehabilitation engineering, then you are not alone. It is a relatively new term for the field and many of those who currently work in it do not refer to it as such. That said, it is an area of engineering that is growing. And, given the demographic of the world’s population, is likely to become increasingly more important over the next decade.

What is Rehabilitation Engineering?

Rehabilitation engineering is defined as the methodical use of the engineering sciences to research and design, develop and distribute any technological solutions to help with the issues that are faced by those with disabilities. It is also increasingly being used to help our growing elderly population; offering them solutions to help with the difficulties they face in everyday life.

The application of this type of engineering can also be incredibly beneficial to those who have sustained sports injuries, and need some form of sports rehabilitation in order to help them get back to optimum condition.

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The Demand For Innovation

Advances in medicine in the last couple of decades, together with higher standards of living, and a dwindling birth rate, mean that there are many countries all over the world where the elderly population is steadily increasing. According to reports from 2019, more than 20% of the Japanese population was made up of people aged 65 and over. Reports suggests that by 2030, one in three people living in Japan will be aged 65+ with 1 in 5 aged 75. As the first country in the world who are likely to find themselves in this situation, it needs to find solutions that will help deal with the many challenges that are ahead.

A Growing Provision

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and smart speakers with AI technology, have really taken off in recent years; particularly in countries like Japan where they are proving to be a useful tool in the care of the elderly. These simple devices such as Alexa offer an in home companion to older people, answering their questions and offering them important reminders to help with things like medication. This could prove valuable for sports rehabilitation as well, with reminders for gentle exercises, medication and even appointments.

Robots are another innovative project that has taken off in recent years. Again they have proved incredibly popular in Japan where they provide much needed companionship to the elderly or disabled in the home. Such is their popularity that they are now being trialled in a number of UK care homes.

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BEng Hons Medical Engineering with Foundation – Bringing innovation to the future

If you are interested in engineering and feel that a career in medical engineering may offer you the right opportunities to use your skills and ideas, a BEng could help to open up a wide range of career paths in medical engineering that could assist with sports rehabilitation or a number of other types of rehabilitation.

At the University of Bolton, our undergraduate BEng Hons Medical Engineering with Foundation course can help you do just that. We are proud to provide all our students with state-of-the-art facilities and specialist industry educators who can help them to reach their full potential, giving them the opportunity to take those first incredibly rewarding steps into a future career that could make a huge difference to others.

We have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for the third year running*; we believe in no part due to the fact that we are a smaller university. We believe this offers students an experience that is both welcoming and inclusive. We always put the needs of the student first, which helps them experience #UniAsItShouldBe.

To learn more about our medical engineering course, you can contact our team of friendly advisors who would be delighted to chat with you on +44 (0)1204 900 600. Alternatively, why not send your query to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

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