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Title: Robot-assisted wrist training for chronic stroke : a comparison between electromyography (EMG) driven robot and passive motion
Authors: Hu, X
Tong, KYR
Song, R
Zheng, XJ
Lui, KH
Ng, SMS 
Au-Yeung, SYS
Leung, WFW 
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics : Scottsdale, AZ, USA, October 19-22, 2008, p. 637-641
Abstract: The motor recovery procedure during robot-assisted wrist rehabilitation for persons after stroke has not been well studied previously. In this work, we carried out a comparative study on the training effects on 10 hemiplegic persons with chronic stroke between a wrist treatment assisted by an electromyography (EMG)-driven robotic system (interactive treatment, n=5, EMG group) and a wrist treatment assisted by a clinical robot system with continuous passive motion (n=5, passive group). Significant decreases (P<0.05) in muscle spasticity were observed at the wrist joint in both the EMG and passive groups; and reduced muscle spasticity at the elbow joint were also obtained in the EMG group (P<0.05). These spasticity decreases were associated with the reduction of EMG activation levels during the training. The EMG-driven robot-assisted training also improved the muscle coordination capability of the persons after stroke.
Keywords: Electromyography
Medical robotics
Patient rehabilitation
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 978-1-4244-2883-0
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