A Stroke Therapy Brace Design

Victims of stroke often have difficulty with rehabilitation. With limited movement on their affected arm, patients often do not want to move much for physical therapy. In this project, we design a robotic brace that helps stroke patients move their arm more effectively in a reaching or pulling motion. By giving patients more movement in their affected arm than they would have otherwise, patients gain more from rehabilitation.

The brace also adapts to the patient’s needs, providing more inclination or resistance as needed for their physical therapy. This kind of therapy engages patients rather than relying on their likely dwindled motivation. This project includes both software coding and hardware implementation. A video of the project demonstration is available upon request.
Source: California Polytechnic State University
Author: Evan Kirkbride

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