The Armeo Spring as training tool to improve upper limb functionality in hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: A pilot study

Veronica Cimolin, Alessandro Vagnini, Chiara Germiniasi, Manuela Galli, Ilaria Pacifici, Luisella Negri, Elena Beretta, Luigi Piccinini

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Abstract

The aim of this study is the quantification of the effectiveness of a computer-assisted system to improve upper extremity function (Armeo Spring system) in hemiplegic children with Cerebral Palsy using clinical-functional scales and upper limb kinematics. Eight children with hemiplegia were evaluated by clinical examination (Quality of Upper Extremities Skills Test and Melbourne Assessment) and 3D movement analysis in a test involving the upper limb during a reaching task. They were assessed in two sessions: before the Armeo Spring treatment and at the end of the 4-weeks program. After Armeo Spring training the clinical scores improved significantly. Some significant improvements were present in terms of upper limb kinematics; in particular, the movement duration, the velocity of movement execution, the Average Jerk and Number of Unit Number improved significantly. Our results suggest that the proposed program can have positive effects on upper limb function in hemiplegic children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 2nd International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry Leveraging a Better Tomorrow, RTSI 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509011315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 9 2016
Event2nd IEEE International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry Leveraging a Better Tomorrow, RTSI 2016 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: Sep 7 2016Sep 9 2016

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry Leveraging a Better Tomorrow, RTSI 2016
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period9/7/169/9/16

Keywords

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hemiplegia
  • Kinematics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Robot-supported training
  • Upper limbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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