Designing a Wearable Shoulder Exoskeleton for Hemiparetic Patients Public
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Hemiparesis affects over 80 percent of stroke victims, which can reduce the overall quality of life in affected individuals. There are currently no upper-extremity assistive devices on the market to address shoulder hemiparesis, and current treatment options are expensive and ineffective. To address this need, a cable driven device was created to actively lift the affected arm. The activation and position of the device can be controlled by the user for independently performing activities of daily living (ADLs). Validation testing confirmed that the device could accurately and consistently provide the desired range of motion in both flexion/extension and abduction/adduction. The device was proven to be comfortable and intuitive, and was able to allow users to increase their ADL performance.
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