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A case study of upper limb robotic-assisted therapy using the track-hold device

Righi M., Magrini M., Dolciotti C., Moroni D.

Robotic assisted therapy  Motor and cognitive rehabilitation  Post-stroke recovery  Exergames  Physiological computing  Activity tracking  Motricity index 

The Track-Hold System (THS) project, developed in a healthcare facility and therefore in a controlled and protected healthcare environment, contributes to the more general and broad context of Robotic-Assisted Therapy (RAT). RAT represents an advanced and innovative rehabilitation method, both motor and cognitive, and uses active, passive, and facilitating robotic devices. RAT devices can be equipped with sensors to detect and track voluntary and involuntary movements. They can work in synergy with multimedia protocols developed ad hoc to achieve the highest possible level of functional re-education. The THS is based on a passive robotic arm capable of recording and facilitating the movements of the upper limbs. An operational interface completes the device for its use in the clinical setting. In the form of a case study, the researchers conducted the experimentation in the former Tabarracci hospital (Viareggio, Italy). The case study develops a motor and cognitive rehabilitation protocol. The chosen subjects suffered from post-stroke outcomes affecting the right upper limb, including strength deficits, tremors, incoordination, and motor apraxia. During the first stage of the enrolment, the researchers worked with seven patients. The researchers completed the pilot with four patients because three of them got a stroke recurrence. The collaboration with four patients permitted the generation of an enlarged case report to collect preliminary data. The preliminary clinical results of the Track-Hold System Project demonstrated good compliance by patients with robotic-assisted rehabilitation; in particular, patients underwent a gradual path of functional recovery of the upper limb using the implemented interface.

Source: Sensors (Basel) 22 (2022). doi:10.3390/s22031009

Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI),, Basel


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BibTeX entry
	title = {A case study of upper limb robotic-assisted therapy using the track-hold device},
	author = {Righi M. and Magrini M. and Dolciotti C. and Moroni D.},
	publisher = {Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI),, Basel },
	doi = {10.3390/s22031009},
	journal = {Sensors (Basel)},
	volume = {22},
	year = {2022}