Innovative assistive device to enhance wrist drop treatment in patients

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Manna, S., Trainer, C. and Azhar, H. 2024. Innovative assistive device to enhance wrist drop treatment in patients. in: Costin, H-N., Magjarević, R. and Petroiu, G. G. (ed.) Advances in Digital Health and Medical Bioengineering Springer Cham.
AuthorsManna, S., Trainer, C. and Azhar, H.
EditorsCostin, H-N., Magjarević, R. and Petroiu, G. G.
Abstract

Wrist drop is a global condition that impairs wrist and hand movement, making it challenging for individuals to extend their hands fully. Existing treatments primarily involve medications, surgical procedures, or the use of wrist braces. However, traditional braces offer passive support, relying on elastic properties without aiding rehabilitation. Motorized joint support offers active actuation but comes with limitations such as sensor-triggered controls, continuous power requirements, potential malfunctions, and a lack of complete control. Taking these factors into account, this paper proposed a cost-effective innovative solution involving passive activation, combining support to hold the wrist. The design justifications for incorporating a ratchet-locking mechanism have been explained in detail. The assistive device has mainly two modes; in assistive mode, it supports the hand to move against gravity during exercises whereas in locking mode, this mechanism provides resistance using a ratchet lock and effectively stabilizes the wrist in a predetermined position. This paper also presents a technical evaluation of the proposed design, assessing its functional capabilities and potential impact on wrist drop treatment.

KeywordsWrist drop; Rachet-locking mechanism; Passive actuation; Rehabilitation
Year2024
Book titleAdvances in Digital Health and Medical Bioengineering
PublisherSpringer Cham
Output statusIn press
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SeriesIFMBE Proceedings
ISBN9783031625022
ISSN1680-0737
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Print13 Jul 2024
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Accepted18 Oct 2023
Deposited09 May 2024
Related URLhttps://link.springer.com/book/9783031625220
https://www.springer.com/series/7403
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