Development of a method to quantify inter-limb coupling in individuals with hemiparetic stroke

Rachel L. Hawe, Jules P.A. Dewald

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Abstract

A common motor deficit in individuals post-stroke is altered interlimb coupling. Efforts at one extremity can cause involuntary muscle activity and movement at a different extremity. An important step in understanding interlimb coupling and developing effective treatment strategies is to have an accurate quantification of the motor behavior. This paper outlines the development of an approach to measure interlimb coupling between the upper and lower extremity. Isometric and EMG based approaches were explored before determining that the use of a haptic robotic system was ideal to quantify altered interlimb coupling. This is a novel engineering approach that can measure biomechanical parameters while avoiding confounding factors. Preliminary evidence shows that lower extremity efforts cause involuntary movement in the upper extremity in stereotypical flexion and extension patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3476-3479
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424492718
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Aug 25 2015Aug 29 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2015-November
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period8/25/158/29/15

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