A new method for reflex threshold estimation in spastic muscles

Matthieu Chardon*, Nina L. Suresh, W. Zev Rymer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Abstract

Many clinical measures of spasticity, such as Ashworth tests and tendon tap responses, are linked to stretch reflex thresholds but these methods are relatively imprecise and unreliable. To address this deficit, we examined the utility of a system that relies on a small position controlled actuator to better estimate this threshold.We compared the reflex threshold estimates in the passive spastic and contralateral elbow flexor muscles of 4 hemiparetic spastic stroke survivors. We propose that the use of controlled indentation of the tendon may be a practical and accurate method of estimating stretch reflex threshold as well as passive muscle properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages5300-5303
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424432967
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2009Sep 6 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009

Other

Other31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period9/2/099/6/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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