A low cost wearable wireless sensing system for paretic hand management after stroke

Title : A low cost wearable wireless sensing system for paretic hand management after stroke
Journal : The Journal of Supercomputing
Authors : Se-Dong Min, Chang-Won Wang, Hwa-Min Lee, Bong-Keun Jung
Corresponding author : Bong-Keun Jung
DOI : https://doi.org/10.1007/s11227-016-1787-7

Abstract
This paper describes the design of a low cost wearable hand exercise device that can assist repetitive wrist and finger exercise for stroke patients. The design of this device was guided by neurobiological principles of motor learning, such as sensory-motor integration, movement repetition, and cognitive interaction. This pilot study tested the efficacy of a wireless sensing system in the device to serve as a facilitator of repetitive hand exercise, which is an essential part of rehabilitation after stroke. The results from healthy young adults showed that the device with a wireless sensing system yielded quantitatively better motor function with the repetitive wrist and finger joint movements.This proof-of-concept study shows potential therapeutic evidence for stroke rehabilitation as well as the potential utility of sensing system for stroke rehabilitation.

Acknowledgments
“This work was supported by the Soonchunhyang University Research Fund and the MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning), Korea, under the C-ITRC (Convergence Information Technology Research Center) support program (IITP-2015-H8601-15-1009) supervised by the NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency)”.