Assistive robotics as alternative treatment for tremor

E. Rocon, J. A. Gallego, J. M. Belda-Lois, Jose L Pons

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2 Scopus citations


Tremor is the most common movement disorder and strongly increases in incidence and prevalence with ageing. Although not life threatening, upper limb tremors hamper independent life of 65% of those suffering from them, greatly impacting on their quality of life. Current treatments of tremor include drugs and surgery. However, tremor is not effectively managed in 25% of patients. Therefore, further research and new therapeutic options are required for an effective management of pathological tremor. This paper introduces some rehabilitation robots developed for tremor suppression based on biomechanical loading, their evaluation and the identification of their limitations. At the end, authors aim to provide a view of the potential of this novel approach for tremor management and the plans for commercialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationROBOT2013
Subtitle of host publication1st Iberian Robotics Conference - Advances in Robotics
EditorsAlberto Sanfeliu, Manuel Ferre, Manuel A. Armada
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319034126
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventROBOT 2013: 1st Iberian Robotics Conference - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Nov 28 2013Nov 29 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceROBOT 2013: 1st Iberian Robotics Conference


  • Assistive robotics
  • Biomechanical loading
  • Tremor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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