Proprioceptive assessment of the wrist joint across both joint degrees of freedom

A. Cuppone, V. Squeri, M. Semprini, J. Konczak

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Neurological movement disorders such as stroke or sensory neuropathy are associated with somatosensory deficits. From a neurorehabilitation perspective, the assessment of proprioceptive function is important for planning and applying adequate rehabilitation treatments. Numerous behavioral and psychophysical methods are available to measure proprioceptive acuity. However, no universally accepted and adopted protocol exists. In recent years robotic devices have increasingly been used to investigate and assess proprioceptive function, but few studies have focused on the wrist joint. To fill this knowledge gap, this study aimed to systematically map the proprioceptive acuity of the wrist for its two joint degrees of freedom (DoF)-flexion/extension (FE) and abduction/adduction (AA). Twenty eight healthy young adults performed an ipsilateral, active joint position matching task using a robotic device. As a measure of proprioceptive acuity we determined the error between target position and the matched joint position. Results showed that: first, proprioceptive acuity varied between the two joint DoF with the matching error for AA being lower than the FE. Second, within each DoF, the motion direction did not affect the accuracy. Third, the radial component of the matching error showed DoF dependence: The FE movements tended to undershoot, while the AA movement overshot the target position. Results are indicative of a joint DoF dependent anisotropy of wrist proprioceptive acuity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Technology Festival, ICORR 2015
EditorsHaoyong Yu, David Braun, Domenico Campolo
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479918072
StatePublished - Sep 28 2015
Event14th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Aug 11 2015Aug 14 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
ISSN (Print)1945-7898
ISSN (Electronic)1945-7901


Other14th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2015

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  • joint position sense
  • proprioceptive acuity
  • robotic assessment
  • wrist


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