On the design of a robot-assisted rehabilitation system for ankle joint with contracture and/or spasticity based on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation

Zhihao Zhou, Yuan Zhou, Ninghua Wang, Fan Gao, Kunlin Wei, Qining Wang

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Abstract

Ankle joint with contracture and/or spasticity can severely disable the mobility and the independence of stroke survivors. Robot-assisted rehabilitation has been proposed to support physicians in providing effective therapies. In this paper, we propose a robot-assisted ankle rehabilitation system integrated with human-computer interaction interface and acquisition of Electromyography signals, joint torque and joint angle. Furthermore, we investigate the effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) rehabilitation method applied in our robotic system. The proposed robot-assisted system has been used in real experiments and provides PNF rehabilitation to five stroke patients for six weeks. Preliminary experimental results suggest that PNF is effective in increasing ankle range of motion(ROM), decreasing ankle resistance torque, and alleviating joint stiffness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages736-741
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2014 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: May 31 2014Jun 7 2014

Other

Other2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2014
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period5/31/146/7/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Zhou, Z., Zhou, Y., Wang, N., Gao, F., Wei, K., & Wang, Q. (2014). On the design of a robot-assisted rehabilitation system for ankle joint with contracture and/or spasticity based on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. In Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp. 736-741). [6906936] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2014.6906936