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Virtual reality based upper extremity stroke rehabilitation system.

Prashun, P., 2015. Virtual reality based upper extremity stroke rehabilitation system. Doctoral Thesis (Doctoral). Bournemouth University.

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Some studies suggest that the use of Virtual Reality technologies as an assistive technology in combination with conventional therapies can achieve improved results in post stroke rehabilitation. Despite the wealth of ongoing research applied to trying to build a virtual reality based system for upper extremity rehabilitation, there still exists a strong need for a training platform that would provide whole arm rehabilitation. In order to be practical such a system should ideally be low cost (affordable or inexpensive for a common individual or household) and involve minimal therapist involvement. This research outlines some of the applications of virtual reality that have undergone clinical trials with patients suffering from upper extremity functional motor deficits. Furthermore, this thesis presents the design, development, implementation and feasibility testing of a Virtual Reality-based Upper Extremity Stroke Rehabilitation System. Motion sensing technology has been used to capture the real time movement data of the upper extremity and a virtual reality glove has been used to track the flexion/extension of the fingers. A virtual room has been designed with an avatar of the human arm to allow a variety of training tasks to be accomplished. An interface has been established to incorporate the real time data from the hardware to a virtual scene running on a PC. Three different training scenes depicting a real world scenario have been designed. These have been used to analyze the motion patterns of the users while executing the tasks in the virtual environment simulation. A usability study with the healthy volunteers performing the training tasks have been undertaken to study the ease of use, ease of learning and improved motivation in the virtual environment. Moreover this system costing approximately 2725 pounds would provide home based rehabilitation of the whole arm augmenting conventional therapy on a positive level. Statistical analysis of the data and the evaluation studies with the self report methodologies suggests the feasibility of the system for post stroke rehabilitation in home environment.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
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Uncontrolled Keywords:upper limb; virtual reality; range-of-motion
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:31295
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Oct 2018 13:28
Last Modified:09 Aug 2022 16:04


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