Therapist recognition of impaired muscle groups in simulated multi-joint hypertonia

A. Melendez-Calderon, D. Piovesan*, F. A. Mussa-Ivaldi

*Corresponding author for this work

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6 Scopus citations

Abstract

It is common in today's clinical practice for a therapist to physically manipulate patients' limbs to assess hypertonic conditions (e.g. spasticity, rigidity, dystonia, among others). We present a study that evaluates the capabilities of expert therapists to correctly identify the location of a hypertonic impairment of an arm through standard manipulation. Therapists interacted with a hypertonic virtual arms rendered on a robotic device. Our results show that testing joints independently can cause misjudgment of the mechanical contributions of pluri-articular muscles to multi-joint impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2013 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 26 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
ISSN (Print)1945-7898
ISSN (Electronic)1945-7901

Other

Other2013 IEEE 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period6/24/136/26/13

Keywords

  • assessment
  • haptic discrimination
  • hypertonia
  • rigidity
  • spasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Rehabilitation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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