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In Europe, North America and Japan alone, more than 50 million people are estimated to suffer from a weak hand due to illness, injury, stroke or old age.
… that strokes occurrences are constantly rising and that that the stroke survival rate has increased by over 80 % and therefore need for innovative rehabilitation is increasing as well? *
… in Europe alone, the elderly population is expected to almost double from 87.5 million in 2010 to 152.6 million in 2060**
Being able to use our hands is paramount. Our hands are involved in nearly everything we do – from brushing our teeth in the morning to working during the day to carrying our tired children in the evening. An impaired hand function can therefore have profound consequences both at work and at home.
A weak grip can cause a variety of challenges for people with grip intensive work tasks. Problems with pain and weakness can lead to sick leave or change of career. This may affect society as a whole and also the physical and mental health of the individual. Providing people with tools and corrective actions so they can continue to work or return to work after sick leave is very important. Not only do companies not lose valuable employees with key competencies but the individual also feels valued.
At home a weak grip can make it harder to eat, dress and clean for the individual. It is a matter of freedom and independence to support the affected person, but also about saving costs for care and therefore reducing healthcare cost for society. A weak grip can also affect one’s ability to move. Hand strength is required to hold on to a walker or when using crutches. Being able to move safely between bed, chair or wheelchair requires strong hands. An unstable grip increases the risk of home injuries, which has major socio-economic consequences.
The need to find innovative solutions is of ever increasing interest, both for the individual and society as a whole.
|Weak hands||% Employable age|
|TOTAL APROX.||48 200 000||14%|
|ELDERLY 65+||30 000 000||0|
|ARTHRITIS||10 000 000||30%|
|STROKE||3 000 000||30%|
|MS||1 000 000||60%|
|MUSCLE DISORDER||700 000||50%|
|CONGENITAL DISABILITIES||100 000||80%|
|LOCAL INJURIES||300 000||60%|
|SPINAL CORD INJURY||100 000||80%|
|OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS||3 000 000||50%|
*Global data, management compounded data, several sources. Reports like “Fit for Work Europe” – a study conducted by the Work Foundation across 23 European countries – musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) reveal a growing need