SCRIPT passive orthosis: design of interactive hand and wrist exoskeleton for rehabilitation at home after stroke

Sedar Ates, Claudia J W Haarman, Arno H A Stienen

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    Abstract

    Recovery of functional hand movements after stroke is directly linked to rehabilitation duration and intensity. Continued therapy at home has the potential to increase both. For many patients this requires a device that helps them overcome the hyperflexion of wrist and fingers that is limiting their ability to open and use their hand. We developed an interactive hand and wrist orthosis for post-stroke rehabilitation that provides compliant and adaptable extension assistance at the wrist and fingers, interfaces with motivational games based on activities of daily living, is integrated with an off-the-shelf mobile arm support and includes novel wrist and finger actuation mechanisms. During the iterative development, multiple prototypes have been evaluated by therapists in clinical settings and used intensively and independently by 33 patients at home. This paper details the final design of the SCRIPT passive orthosis resulting from these efforts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-723
    Number of pages13
    JournalAutonomous Robots
    Volume41
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Exoskeleton
    • Finger
    • Home rehabilitation
    • Orthosis
    • Stroke
    • Wrist

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