Functional control of the hand in tetraplegics based on residual synergistic EMG activity

Rune Thorsen, Maurizio Ferrarin, Raffaella Spadone, Carlo Frigo

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Abstract

A microprocessor controlled device (MeCFES) was used for the investigation of the possibility of restoring hand function in C5 tetraplegics with paralysis of the hand. To date, 3 tetraplegics have been testing the system. The myoelectric signals from wrist extension were recorded and used as control signals for functional electrical stimulation (FES) of thumb adduction/flexion. The results have shown that the device can improve the hand function of tetraplegics. In this part of the work, a hand function test was designed and used to assess the results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-473
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Organs
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Hand function
  • Myoelectric control
  • Wrist extension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics

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