Emulation of spasticity symptoms in upper limb part-task trainer for physiotherapist education

Noor Ayuni Che Zakaria, Takashi Komeda, Cheng Yee Low, Kaoru Inoue, Stephan Raczak

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to develop an adequate part-task trainer occupied with varying levels of severity in spasticity symptoms focusing on the upper limb disorder for occupational therapists. Using the developed part-task trainer, the occupational therapists will have opportunities to repetitively engage in training without patient involvement. The part-task trainer is developed following the structure of human arm articulations with the ability to reproduce the spasticity stiffness. The structured interface programming is built providing three levels of spasticity: mild, moderate and severe. The programming was based on the clinical assessment of spasticity, measuring elbow joint angles and forces exerted by the patients. The recreated spasticity stiffness was evaluated by experienced occupational therapists. Therapists provided positive feedback regarding the mild and moderate level of spasticity leaving further improvement needed in order to reproduce the spasticity at the severe level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
Pages999-1004
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 29
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2013, ICAME 2013 - Malacca, Malaysia
Duration: 2013 Aug 282013 Aug 29

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
Volume393
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2013, ICAME 2013
CountryMalaysia
CityMalacca
Period13/8/2813/8/29

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Keywords

  • Artificial human arm
  • Part-task trainer
  • Physiotherapist education
  • Upper limb disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Zakaria, N. A. C., Komeda, T., Low, C. Y., Inoue, K., & Raczak, S. (2013). Emulation of spasticity symptoms in upper limb part-task trainer for physiotherapist education. In Advances in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (pp. 999-1004). (Applied Mechanics and Materials; Vol. 393). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.393.999