Effects of prolonged muscle stretch on spasticity by an assessment/treatment system

C. Y. Yeh, K. H. Tsai, J. J.J. Chen

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Abstract

Spasticity frequently obstructs the functional movements in the stroke patients. The prolonged muscle stretch (PMS) has been proven to be an effective approach to reduce excessive muscle tone. However, PMS technique has failed to provide proper treatment criteria due to the incapacity to detect the severity of spasticity and to quantify the stretch force used during PMS. This situation has caused very high variation in the treatment result. The purpose of this study is to quantify the degree of spasticity and to identify the treatment mechanisms of PMS by the designed PMS treatment and assessment system in which the force applied to the subject can be easily assigned. In addition, the same system can be also used for quantifying the time-course changes of spastic hypertonia. Then, the clinical therapist can quantify the treatment intensity and evaluate treatment effects by way of the quantitative measurement system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1232-1235
Number of pages4
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1
Event23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2001 Oct 252001 Oct 28

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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