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Wearable devices for motor impairment in patient with stroke

Wearable devices for motor impairment in patient with stroke
Nice to meet you! My name is Lin Li Fong. First, I want to introduce you a topic on stroke rehabilitation and motor disability. Stroke can be classified
into two major categories: ischemic and hemorrhage. About 87% of strokes are ischemic. The rest being hemorrhagic. There were an estimated 10.3 million first-ever stroke survivors worldwide in 2005 and stroke is projected to remain a leading cause of disability adjusted life years through 2030. Stroke is the most common cause of disability among elderly people, often resulting in dependence in activities of daily living. One-third to one-half of patient with stroke have a major disability increases the economic burden on health care systems and long term care. Major symptoms include Neurological impairment such as motor weakness, Altered consciousness, Sensory impairment, Aphasia, and Dysphagia.
The quality of motor pattern, according to the synergy patterns, strongly related with functional outcomes and are important predictors in stroke rehabilitation.
Nakayama reported that for stroke patients with severe arm paresis with little or no active movement at the time of hospital admission. About 14% completed motor recovery and 30% partial motor recovery.
Kwakkel reported that at 6 months. 11.6% of patients had achieved completed functional recovery and 38% had some dexterity function. Potential predictors of upper extremity
recovery include: Active finger extension and shoulder abduction.
Traditionally, physical therapist and occupational therapist apply neurological rehabilitation techniques to promote motor optimization of patient with stroke in hospital. Assessment of motor performance, guiding therapist, clinical reasoning for design, rehabilitation programs

Stroke is one of the most frequent causes of death worldwide. The rehabilitation of stroke patients usually takes a long time and the prognosis can vary.

In this section, I will introduce how we utilize wearable devices in rehabilitation plans for stroke patients.


Prof. Li-Fong Lin

Prof. Lin is the Technical Dean of Rehabilitation Department in Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital, and a assistant professor of School of Gerontology Health Management, Taipei Medical University.

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