A common motor deficit in individuals post-stroke is altered interlimb coupling. Efforts at one extremity can cause involuntary muscle activity and movement at a different extremity. An important step in understanding interlimb coupling and developing effective treatment strategies is to have an accurate quantification of the motor behavior. This paper outlines the development of an approach to measure interlimb coupling between the upper and lower extremity. Isometric and EMG based approaches were explored before determining that the use of a haptic robotic system was ideal to quantify altered interlimb coupling. This is a novel engineering approach that can measure biomechanical parameters while avoiding confounding factors. Preliminary evidence shows that lower extremity efforts cause involuntary movement in the upper extremity in stereotypical flexion and extension patterns.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Nov 4 2015|
|Event||37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy|
Duration: Aug 25 2015 → Aug 29 2015
|Name||Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS|
|Other||37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015|
|Period||8/25/15 → 8/29/15|
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