The Virtual Reality Training Facility
The Virtual Reality Training Facility at Sheba Medical Center is a unique, state-of-the-art center for rehabilitation – and the only clinical facility of its kind in the world. Israel is a leading international player in high tech development, and our VR facility applies the latest technological advances to rehabilitation medicine. This leads to Sheba’s patients, including terror victims and injured soldiers, benefiting from faster, more successful recoveries from diverse orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Our pioneering training facility center is equipped with breakthrough digital technology, sensors, and video analysis. By using simulation devices, patients are fully immersed into a virtual reactive environment that creates a physical experience, such as walking or running in the outside world. We provide patients with access to the most progressive technologies within a controlled, supportive environment that fosters self-confidence and boosts self-esteem.
The VR Training Facility is a part of Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Israel’s national clinic for long-term orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. Experts from around the world, such as from the U.S., U.S. Armed Forces, Asia, and Canada regularly visit Sheba’s rehabilitation facility, as well as send their personnel for advanced training.
What Conditions do We Treat at Our Virtual Training Facility?
At the Virtual Reality Training Facility, we provide rehabilitation treatment for patients with a wide range of complex conditions, including:
- Motor disturbances, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injuries (paraplegia and quadriplegia) that affect mobility, balance, and gait
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Behavioral phobias, such as lift, flight, height
- Paraplegics and quadriplegics fit with orthotics
- Amputees fit with prosthetics for both upper and lower extremity
- Wounded personnel of the Israel Defense Forces
What special therapies do we offer?
Our VR facility implements CAREN – Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment, a revolutionary multisensory system. CAREN is instrumental for diagnostics, the evaluation of human balance and mobility, and rehabilitation. It creates various experiences for the patient within a controlled and repeatable environment.
When using CAREN, the patient stands on a motion platform that can be manipulated. Adjacent to this surface is a large 3D video monitor, a graphics workstation, and a real-time motion capture system. CAREN simulates daily activities, such as driving a car or taking a hike, which challenge the patient to react to the “environment” in a dynamic way. For example, a patient who has a new prosthetic leg is forced to learn to walk and balance on a crooked, rocky path.
How does CAREN work?
The motion platform is guided by a robust computer system that syncs the images on the 3D screen with the platform’s movements. As the patient reacts to what he or she sees on the screen, built-in motion sensors monitor and record each body movement, and the computer responds to these movements in real-time.
When using CAREN, the patient must fully concentrate on balance, posture, and locomotion. Therapists measure and analyze each individual’s progress, using this information to empower the person with new strategies for balance and movement.
Meet Our Team
Sheba Medical Center
Gabriel Zeilig, MD
Gabriel Zeilig, MD
Director of the Department of Neurological Rehabilitation
Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit
Prof. Zeilig specializes in the rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. He has a particular interest in the implementation of new technologies for enhancing CNS plasticity and functioning for people who suffer from neurological disorders. Prof. Zeilig has presented at many global medical conferences and published extensively in prestigious international journals.
Prof. Zeilig received his medical degree from Milano University, Italy, and he was certified as a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1990 at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He completed a fellowship in critical care neurotrauma and neurorehabilitation at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, USA.
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