Virtual reality as an assessment tool for arm motor deficits after brain lesions

Lamberto Piron, Federica Cenni, Paolo Tonin, Mauro Dam

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Abstract

The currently used assessment techniques for measuring neurological deficits are time consuming and may lack of sensibility and repeatability. Previous studies suggested that the cinematic analysis of the movement, might represent a reliable alternative instrument for documenting the degree of motor impairment. To verify this hypothesis we investigated motor/functional progress in 20 post-stroke patients, undergoing rehabilitation therapy, by means of a widely used clinical test (Fugl-Meyer scale), and by evaluating kinematics of arm motion. After rehabilitation therapy, velocity and duration of reaching movements significantly improved with respect to baseline values. Before and after rehabilitation there was a significant correlation between each cinematic parameter and the clinical scale scores. These results, suggests that the cinematic analysis of movement can be proposed as a precise and objective assessment tool to be used in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages386-392
Number of pages7
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event2001 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference: Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space, MMVR 2001 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2001Jan 27 2001

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Other2001 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference: Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space, MMVR 2001
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA
Period1/24/011/27/01

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Piron, L., Cenni, F., Tonin, P., & Dam, M. (2001). Virtual reality as an assessment tool for arm motor deficits after brain lesions. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 81, pp. 386-392) https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-925-7-386