Wrist Proprioception in Acute and Subacute Stroke: A Robotic Protocol for Highly Impaired Patients

Sara Contu, Angelo Basteris, Tegan K. Plunkett, Christopher W.K. Kuah, Karen S. Chua, Domenico Campolo, Lorenzo Masia

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    Abstract

    Proprioception is a critical component of sensorimotor functions which directly affect recovery after neurological injuries. However, clinical tests of proprioception still lack sensitivity and reliability, while robotic devices can provide quantitative, accurate, and repeatable metrics. This work presents the analysis of the efficacy of a robotic assessment of wrist proprioception in terms of the capability to discern between movements along the different DoFs in a healthy population with a broad range of age. The effect of aging on the proprioceptive matching was analyzed to select an appropriate control group for the comparison with stroke patients, designed to confirm the hypothesis that a high percentage of stroke patients presents proprioceptive impairments in the acute and subacute states. Results show that the protocol is capable of detecting differences in performance along different movement directions, and that wrist proprioception does not deteriorate in the age ranges analyzed. Finally, stroke patients were less accurate in matching the position of their wrist, confirming the hypothesis that proprioceptive performance is often impaired in the acute and subacute phases of stroke.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
    Pages19-24
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538681831
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2018
    Event7th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2018
    : High Tech Human Touch
    - University Campus, Enschede, Netherlands
    Duration: 26 Aug 201829 Aug 2018
    Conference number: 7
    https://www.biorob2018.org/

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
    Volume2018-August
    ISSN (Print)2155-1774

    Conference

    Conference7th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2018
    Abbreviated titleBioRob
    CountryNetherlands
    CityEnschede
    Period26/08/1829/08/18
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