The design and construction of an exercise device for use in physiotherapy of the arm

Salomon, Jake (2010) The design and construction of an exercise device for use in physiotherapy of the arm. [USQ Project]


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This project set out to develop a low cost, in-home robotic rehabilitation device for stroke patients suffering arm paralysis. The forecast increase in stroke caused by
obesity and the aging population will place more strain on social services and resources. There is a requirement to move away from traditional therapy with the
alternative being computer-based rehabilitation devices that allow patients to exercise in the comfort and safety of their homes.

This project has researched stroke and its debilitating effects along with rehabilitation goals and techniques. This research revealed the potential to introduce
a low cost robotic rehabilitation device. The project conceptualised, designed and manufactured a device that simulates most of the natural range of motion of the arm.
The device is linked to a computer and offers an on-screen representation of the patient’s movements.

Testing has shown that the device has great potential in the medical world and will offer stroke patients a more accessible rehabilitation technique. With some
refinement of the design and improved software, the device will be ready for clinical testing. All of this work aims to help the patient return to normal everyday living
sooner making them less dependent on social services, friends and family.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Supervisors: Pather, Selvan
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 04:56
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: physiotherapy; arm; paralysis; arm paralysis; stroke patient; robotic rehabilitation device; rehabilitation technology; robotics
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering

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