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amputee AND prosthesis

D S V Bandara, Jumpei Arata, Kazuo Kiguchi
Robotic prostheses are expected to allow amputees greater freedom and mobility. However, available options to control transhumeral prostheses are reduced with increasing amputation level. In addition, for electromyography-based control of prostheses, the residual muscles alone cannot generate sufficiently different signals for accurate distal arm function. Thus, controlling a multi-degree of freedom (DoF) transhumeral prosthesis is challenging with currently available techniques. In this paper, an electroencephalogram (EEG)-based hierarchical two-stage approach is proposed to achieve multi-DoF control of a transhumeral prosthesis...
March 22, 2018: Bioengineering
Linda Resnik, He Helen Huang, Anna Winslow, Dustin L Crouch, Fan Zhang, Nancy Wolk
BACKGROUND: Although electromyogram (EMG) pattern recognition (PR) for multifunctional upper limb prosthesis control has been reported for decades, the clinical benefits have rarely been examined. The study purposes were to: 1) compare self-report and performance outcomes of a transradial amputee immediately after training and one week after training of direct myoelectric control and EMG pattern recognition (PR) for a two-degree-of-freedom (DOF) prosthesis, and 2) examine the change in outcomes one week after pattern recognition training and the rate of skill acquisition in two subjects with transradial amputations...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Fiona M Z van den Heiligenberg, Tanya Orlov, Scott N Macdonald, Eugene P Duff, David Henderson Slater, Christian F Beckmann, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Jody C Culham, Tamar R Makin
The human brain contains multiple hand-selective areas, in both the sensorimotor and visual systems. Could our brain repurpose neural resources, originally developed for supporting hand function, to represent and control artificial limbs? We studied individuals with congenital or acquired hand-loss (hereafter one-handers) using functional MRI. We show that the more one-handers use an artificial limb (prosthesis) in their everyday life, the stronger visual hand-selective areas in the lateral occipitotemporal cortex respond to prosthesis images...
March 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
A I Mirulla, L Bragonzoni, S Zaffagnini, M Bontempi, V Nigrelli, T Ingrassia
INTRODUCTION: Traditional prosthetic solutions expose the amputee to numerous problems that limit his ability to safely perform the normal activities of daily life. In order to eliminate the problems related to the use of the traditional prosthesis with socket, a new technique was developed for fixing the prosthesis to the amputees based on the principle of osseointegration. The aim of this paper is to study and analyze the stress distribution on the interface between a trans-humeral osseointegrated prosthetic implant and the residual bone, identifying the most stressed areas and thus foreseeing possible failure phenomena of the entire prosthetic system and, after, to compare the stress distribution on three different prosthetic designs that differ from each other for some geometric characteristics...
March 7, 2018: Injury
Bo Geng, Jian Dong, Winnie Jensen, Strahinja Dosen, Dario Farina, Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako
This paper evaluated the psychophysical properties of subdermal electrical stimulation to investigate its feasibility in providing sensory feedback for limb prostheses. The detection threshold (DT), pain threshold (PT), just noticeable difference (JND), as well as the elicited sensation quality, comfort, intensity, and location were assessed in 16 healthy volunteers during stimulation of the ventral and dorsal forearm with subdermal electrodes. Moreover, the results were compared with those obtained from transcutaneous electrical stimulation...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Kai Xu, Huan Liu, Zhaoyu Zhang, Xiangyang Zhu
Among the advances in upper extremity prostheses in the past decades, only a small portion of the results were obtained for partial hand prostheses, possibly due to the highly diverse partial hand presentations and limited space for component integration. In an attempt to address these challenges, this paper presents the design, construction, installation, and experimental characterization of a wrist-powered partial hand prosthesis developed in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (hereafter referred to as the JTP hand), customized for a specific amputee...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Srinivas Pandit, Anoop Kant Godiyal, Amit Kumar Vimal, Upinderpal Singh, Deepak Joshi, Dinesh Kalyanasundaram
This paper proposes a novel and an affordable lower limb prosthesis to enable normal gait kinematics for trans-femoral amputees. The paper details the design of a passive prosthesis with magneto-rheological (MR) damping system and electronic control. A new control approach based on plantar insole feedback was employed here. Strategically placed sensors on the plantar insole provide required information about gait cycle to a finite state controller for suitable action. A proportional integral (PI) based current controller controls the required current for necessary damping during gait...
February 27, 2018: Sensors
Sophie Wang, Janice Hsu, Lauren Trent, Tiffany Ryan, Nathan Kearns, Eugene Civillico, Kimberly Kontson
Objective performance-based outcome measures (OMs) have the potential to provide unbiased and reproducible assessments of limb function. However, very few of these performance-based OMs have been validated for upper limb (UL) prosthesis users. OMs validated in other clinical populations (e.g. neurological or musculoskeletal conditions) could be used to fill gaps in existing performance-based OMs for UL amputees. Additionally, a joint review might reveal consistent gaps across multiple clinical populations. Therefore, the objective of this review was to systematically characterize prominent measures utilized in both sets of clinical populations with regard to (1) location of task performance around the body, (2) possible grips employed, (3) bilateral vs...
February 20, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Farzaneh Ahmadi, Farzad Noorian, Daniel Novakovic, André van Schaik
Despite emergent progress in many fields of bionics, a functional Bionic Voice prosthesis for laryngectomy patients (larynx amputees) has not yet been achieved, leading to a lifetime of vocal disability for these patients. This study introduces a novel framework of Pneumatic Bionic Voice Prostheses as an electronic adaptation of the Pneumatic Artificial Larynx (PAL) device. The PAL is a non-invasive mechanical voice source, driven exclusively by respiration with an exceptionally high voice quality, comparable to the existing gold standard of Tracheoesophageal (TE) voice prosthesis...
2018: PloS One
Todd A Kuiken, Nicholas P Fey, Timothy Reissman, Suzanne B Finucane, Gregory A Dumanian
Background: Excess residual limb fat is a common problem that can impair prosthesis control and negatively impact gait. In the general population, thighplasty and liposuction are commonly performed for cosmetic reasons but not specifically to improve function in amputees. The objective of this study was to determine if these procedures could enhance prosthesis fit and function in an overweight above-knee amputee. Methods: We evaluated the use of these techniques on a 50-year-old transfemoral amputee who was overweight...
January 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Manelle Merad, Étienne de Montalivet, Amélie Touillet, Noël Martinet, Agnès Roby-Brami, Nathanaël Jarrassé
Most transhumeral amputees report that their prosthetic device lacks functionality, citing the control strategy as a major limitation. Indeed, they are required to control several degrees of freedom with muscle groups primarily used for elbow actuation. As a result, most of them choose to have a one-degree-of-freedom myoelectric hand for grasping objects, a myoelectric wrist for pronation/supination, and a body-powered elbow. Unlike healthy upper limb movements, the prosthetic elbow joint angle, adjusted prior to the motion, is not involved in the overall upper limb movements, causing the rest of the body to compensate for the lack of mobility of the prosthesis...
2018: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
Courtney E Shell, Glenn K Klute, Richard R Neptune
Advanced prosthetic foot designs often incorporate mechanisms that adapt to terrain changes in real-time to improve mobility. Early identification of terrain (e.g., cross-slopes) is critical to appropriate adaptation. This study suggests that a simple classifier based on linear discriminant analysis can accurately predict a cross-slope encountered (0°, -15°, 15°) using measurements from the residual limb, primarily from the prosthesis itself. The classifier was trained and tested offline using motion capture and in-pylon sensor data collected during walking trials in mid-swing and early stance...
2018: PloS One
Erica Schvirtz, Laurent Bensoussan, Bertrand Tourret Couderc, Jean-Michel Viton, Alain Delarque, Marjorie Kerzoncuf
BACKGROUND: Surfing with transfemoral knee prosthesis requires flexion of the hip, knee, and ankle and balance between flexibility and stiffness of the prosthetic limb. We report on Mr D, a transfemoral amputee, who wanted to surf again. Case Description and Methods: Technical specifications were based on Mr D's complaint. The prosthesis is salt water resistant and combines a shock absorber associated with elastic tendons to permit the knee to bend easily and to facilitate eccentric braking...
February 1, 2018: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Yukiyo Shimizu, Hirotaka Mutsuzaki, Hiroyuki Torishima, Kenichi Yoshikawa, Daisuke Katane, Ryoko Takeuchi, Yuki Mataki, Kayo Tokeji, Yasuyoshi Wadano
BACKGROUND: Fitting a stump prosthesis is difficult in transhumeral amputees because of the stump's conical form. Shoulder harnesses for suspension can cause neck and shoulder pain. We developed a novel spiral socket transhumeral prosthesis to overcome these difficulties. We investigated its safety and effects in transhumeral amputees. CASE REPORT: Five transhumeral amputees with a mean age of 50.8 ± 23.8 (range, 19-75 years) were fitted with the spiral socket between April 2013 and February 2017...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jonathan Dallas, John J Block, Gerasimos Bastas
We describe the case of a patient with an actively bleeding pseudoaneurysm associated with remnants of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) femoral bypass graft in their transfemoral residual limb. Initial graft placement was due to peripheral arterial disease. During subsequent transfemoral amputation, remnants of the non-patent graft were retained in the residuum. Following four years of lower limb prosthesis use, a proximal anastomosis pseudoaneurysm developed (with avulsion of graft remnants). The patient presented to clinic with a 5-day history of increased left groin fullness and largely non-radiating pain (rated 10/10)...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Jaclyn Megan Sions, Emma Haldane Beisheim, Tara Jo Manal, Sarah Carolyn Smith, John Robert Horne, Frank Bernard Sarlo
OBJECTIVE: To determine if differences in physical function, assessed via self-report questionnaires and physical performance tests, exist between individuals with lower-limb loss using a prosthetic device classified as a K3 versus a K4 functional level. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: University of Delaware Physical Therapy Amputee Clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Participants (n=55) were included if they were aged ≥18 years with a unilateral transfemoral or transtibial amputation, classified as K3 or K4 functional level, completed all relevant outcome measures, and currently were using a prosthesis...
January 31, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
David Quintero, Anne E Martin, Robert D Gregg
This brief presents a novel control strategy for a powered knee-ankle prosthesis that unifies the entire gait cycle, eliminating the need to switch between controllers during different periods of gait. A reduced-order Discrete Fourier Transformation (DFT) is used to define virtual constraints that continuously parameterize periodic joint patterns as functions of a mechanical phasing variable. In order to leverage the provable stability properties of Hybrid Zero Dynamics (HZD), hybrid-invariant Bézier polynomials are converted into unified DFT virtual constraints for various walking speeds...
January 2018: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology: a Publication of the IEEE Control Systems Society
Guisheng Xu, Liang Gao, Ke Tao, Shengxiang Wan, Yuning Lin, Ao Xiong, Bin Kang, Hui Zeng
RATIONALE: For traumatic upper limb amputees, the prohibitive cost of a custom-made prosthesis brings an insufferable financial burden for their families in developing countries. Three-dimensional (3D) printing allows for creating affordable, lightweight, customized, and well-fitting prosthesis, especially for the growing children. PATIENT CONCERNS: We presented a case of an 8-year-old boy, who suffered a traumatic right wrist amputation as result of a mincing machine accident...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gavin Buckingham, Johnny Parr, Greg Wood, Samuel Vine, Pan Dimitriou, Sarah Day
Little is known about how human perception is affected using an upper-limb prosthesis. To shed light on this topic, we investigated how using an upper-limb prosthesis affects individuals' experience of object weight. First, we examined how a group of upper-limb amputee prosthetic users experienced real mass differences and illusory weight differences in the context of the 'size-weight' illusion. Surprisingly, the upper-limb prosthetic users reported a markedly smaller illusion than controls, despite equivalent perceptions of a real mass difference...
January 19, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Piotr Prochor, Eugeniusz Sajewicz
Nowadays, numerous internal bone remodelling concepts are under development, in order to estimate long-term functionality of implants by evaluating the intensity of stress-shielding effect. This effect is also analysed for the implants for direct skeletal attachment, considered as a better exoprosthesis fixation method than prosthetic sockets. Most of bone remodelling approaches are based on basic concepts, differing with certain assumptions, which may affect the accuracy of the results. This article compares commonly used internal bone remodelling concepts and evaluates the functionality of the proposed Limb Prosthesis Osseointegrated Fixation System for direct skeletal attachment of limb prosthesis in comparison with two currently available implants: the Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis and the Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees...
January 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
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