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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704685/dynamic-balance-changes-within-three-weeks-of-fitting-a-new-prosthetic-foot-component
#1
Jenny A Kent, Nicholas Stergiou, Shane R Wurdeman
Balance during walking is of high importance to prosthesis users and may affect walking during baseline observation and evaluation. The aim of this study was to determine whether changes in walking balance occurred during an adaptation period following the fitting of a new prosthetic component. Margin of stability in the medial-lateral direction (MOSML) and an anterior instability margin (AIM) were used to quantify the dynamic balance of 21 unilateral transtibial amputees during overground walking. Participants trialled two prosthetic feet presenting contrasting movement/balance constraints; a Higher Activity foot similar to that of their own prosthesis, and a Lower Activity foot...
July 5, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694439/reachability-and-the-sense-of-embodiment-in-amputees-using-prostheses
#2
Adrienne Gouzien, Fréderique de Vignemont, Amélie Touillet, Noël Martinet, Jozina De Graaf, Nathanaël Jarrassé, Agnès Roby-Brami
Amputated patients are hardly satisfied with upper limb prostheses, and tend to favour the use of their contralateral arm to partially compensate their disability. This may seem surprising in light of recent evidences that external objects (rubber hand or tool) can easily be embodied, namely incorporated in the body representation. We investigated both implicit body representations (by evaluating the peripersonal space using a reachability judgement task) and the quality of bodily integration of the patient's prosthesis (assessed via questionnaires)...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691574/enhancement-of-a-prosthetic-knee-with-a-microprocessor-controlled-gait-phase-switch-reduces-falls-and-improves-balance-confidence-and-gait-speed-in-community-ambulators-with-unilateral-transfemoral-amputation
#3
Sara Agueda Fuenzalida Squella, Andreas Kannenberg, Ângelo Brandão Benetti
BACKGROUND: Despite the evidence for improved safety and function of microprocessor stance and swing-controlled prosthetic knees, non-microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees are still standard of care for persons with transfemoral amputations in most countries. Limited feature microprocessor-control enhancement of such knees could stand to significantly improve patient outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate gait speed, balance, and fall reduction benefits of the new 3E80 default stance hydraulic knee compared to standard non-microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees...
July 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678699/turn-intent-detection-for-control-of-a-lower-limb-prosthesis
#4
Corey Pew, Glenn Klute
OBJECTIVE: An adaptable lower limb prosthesis with variable stiffness in the transverse plane requires a control method to effect changes in real time during amputee turning. This study aimed to identify classification algorithms that can accurately predict turning using inertial measurement unit (IMU) signals from the shank with adequate time to enact a change in stiffness during the swing phase of gait when the prosthesis is unloaded. METHODS: To identify if a turning step is imminent, classification models were developed around activities of daily living including 90? spin turns, 90? step turns, 180? turns, and straight walking using simulated IMU data from the prosthesis shank...
June 28, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675376/model-based-bayesian-signal-extraction-algorithm-for-peripheral-nerves
#5
Thomas Eggers, Yazan M Dweiri, Grant McCallum, Dominique M Durand
Multi-channel cuff electrodes have recently been investigated for extracting fascicular-level motor commands from mixed neural recordings. Such signals could provide volitional, intuitive control over a robotic prosthesis for amputee patients. Recent work has demonstrated success in extracting these signals in acute and chronic preparations using spatial filtering techniques. These extracted signals, however, had low signal-to-noise ratios and thus limited their utility to binary classification. In this work a new algorithm is proposed which combines previous source localization approaches to create a model based method which operates in real time...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650804/limb-position-tolerant-pattern-recognition-for-myoelectric-prosthesis-control-with-adaptive-sparse-representations-from-extreme-learning
#6
Joseph L Betthauser, Christopher L Hunt, Luke E Osborn, Matthew R Masters, Gyorgy Levay, Rahul Reddy Kaliki, Nitish V Thakor
Myoelectric signals can be used to predict the intended movements of an amputee for prosthesis control. However, untrained effects like limb position changes influence myoelectric signal characteristics, hindering the ability of pattern recognition algorithms to discriminate among motion classes. Despite frequent and long training sessions, these deleterious conditional influences may result in poor performance and device abandonment. GOAL: We present a robust sparsity-based adaptive classification method that is significantly less sensitive to signal deviations resulting from untrained conditions...
June 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639474/custom-rapid-prototype-thumb-prosthesis-for-partial-hand-amputation-a-case-report
#7
Ashley Quinn Swartz, Kristi Turner, Laura Miller, Todd Kuiken
BACKGROUND: Due to advancements in three-dimensional printing, custom-made prostheses are becoming more viable options for persons with difficult cases of prosthetic management. The purpose of this article was to develop a custom voluntary-closing, body-powered thumb mechanism for a partial-hand amputee who had amputations of the index finger and thumb on the left, non-dominant hand. Case description and methods: The prosthesis model was manufactured using rapid prototype technology and was developed to provide greater force and functionality, and to decrease overall size compared to traditional hand prostheses...
June 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630841/bipolar-hemiarthroplasty-in-a-patient-with-above-knee-amputation-surgical-technique
#8
Ramesh Perumal, Santhosh Ram Gaddam, J Vasudeva, J Dheenadhayalan, S Rajasekaran
INTRODUCTION: Femoral neck fractures are a common occurrence in lower limb amputees. Good post-operative results of hip hemiarthroplasty have been described in below-knee amputees. However, to our knowledge, very few such cases have been reported in above-knee amputees. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a 75-year-old male patient who underwent above-knee amputation of the right lower limb for severe crush injury right leg and a bipolar hemiarthroplasty for an ipsilateral fracture neck of femur sustained in the same road traffic accident...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628623/use-of-the-deka-arm-for-amputees-with-brachial-plexus-injury-a-case-series
#9
Linda Resnik, Christopher Fantini, Gail Latlief, Samuel Phillips, Nicole Sasson, Eve Sepulveda
OBJECTIVE: Patients with upper limb amputation and brachial plexus injuries have high rates of prosthesis rejection. Study purpose is to describe experiences of subjects with transhumeral amputation and brachial plexus injury, who were fit with, and trained to use, a DEKA Arm. METHODS: This was a mixed-methods study utilizing qualitative (e.g. interview, survey) and quantitative data (e.g. self-report and performance measures). Subject 1, a current prosthesis user, had a shoulder arthrodesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611621/whole-body-awareness-for-controlling-a-robotic-transfemoral-prosthesis
#10
Andrea Parri, Elena Martini, Joost Geeroms, Louis Flynn, Guido Pasquini, Simona Crea, Raffaele Molino Lova, Dirk Lefeber, Roman Kamnik, Marko Munih, Nicola Vitiello
Restoring locomotion functionality of transfemoral amputees is essential for early rehabilitation treatment and for preserving mobility and independence in daily life. Research in wearable robotics fostered the development of innovative active mechatronic lower-limb prostheses designed with the goal to reduce the cognitive and physical effort of lower-limb amputees in rehabilitation and daily life activities. To ensure benefits to the users, active mechatronic prostheses are expected to be aware of the user intention and properly interact in a closed human-in-the-loop paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605277/ground-reaction-forces-during-sprinting-in-unilateral-transfemoral-amputees
#11
Atsushi Makimoto, Yoko Sano, Satoru Hashizume, Akihiko Murai, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takemura, Hiroaki Hobara
Understanding the characteristics of ground reaction forces (GRFs) on both limbs during sprinting in unilateral amputees wearing running-specific prostheses would provide important information that could be utilized in the evaluation of athletic performance and development of training methods in this population. The purpose of this study was to compare GRFs between intact and prosthetic limbs during sprinting in unilateral transfemoral amputees wearing running-specific prostheses. Nine sprinters with unilateral transfemoral amputation wearing the same type of prosthesis performed maximal sprinting on a 40 m of runway...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600254/short-and-long-term-learning-of-feedforward-control-of-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-sensory-feedback-by-amputees
#12
Matija Strbac, Milica Isakovic, Minja Belic, Igor Popovic, Igor Simanic, Dario Farina, Thierry Keller, Strahinja Dosen
Human motor control relies on a combination of feedback and feedforward strategies. The aim of this study was to longitudinally investigate artificial somatosensory feedback and feedforward control in the context of grasping with myoelectric prosthesis. Nine amputee subjects performed routine grasping trials, with the aim to produce four levels of force during four blocks of 60 trials across five days. The electrotactile force feedback was provided in the second and third block using multipad electrode and spatial coding...
June 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533599/the-effect-of-segmental-weight-of-prosthesis-on-hemodynamic-responses-and-energy-expenditure-of-lower-extremity-amputees
#13
Akmer Mutlu, Mohammad Dawood Kharooty, Yavuz Yakut
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of segmental weight of the prosthesis on hemodynamic responses and energy expenditure in lower extremity amputees. [Subjects and Methods] Thirteen patients with a mean age of 44 ± 15.84 years and with unilateral transtibial, transfemoral and Syme's amputation were included to the study. The difference between the lightest and the heaviest prosthesis, 250 g used as the weight. All the patients completed the measurements first without weight and then with 250 g weight on the ankle joint...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532184/a-review-of-invasive-and-non-invasive-sensory-feedback-in-upper-limb-prostheses
#14
Pamela Svensson, Ulrika Wijk, Anders Björkman, Christian Antfolk
The constant challenge to restore sensory feedback in prosthetic hands has provided several research solutions, but virtually none has reached clinical fruition. A prosthetic hand with sensory feedback that closely imitates an intact hand and provides a natural feeling may induce the prosthetic hand to be included in the body image and also reinforces the control of the prosthesis. Areas covered: This review presents non-invasive sensory feedback systems such as mechanotactile, vibrotactile, electrotactile and combinational systems which combine the modalities; multi-haptic feedback...
June 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523276/improving-the-robustness-of-real-time-myoelectric-pattern-recognition-against-arm-position-changes-in-transradial-amputees
#15
Yanjuan Geng, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Yue Wei, Guanglin Li
Previous studies have showed that arm position variations would significantly degrade the classification performance of myoelectric pattern-recognition-based prosthetic control, and the cascade classifier (CC) and multiposition classifier (MPC) have been proposed to minimize such degradation in offline scenarios. However, it remains unknown whether these proposed approaches could also perform well in the clinical use of a multifunctional prosthesis control. In this study, the online effect of arm position variation on motion identification was evaluated by using a motion-test environment (MTE) developed to mimic the real-time control of myoelectric prostheses...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505545/leg-stiffness-during-sprinting-in-transfemoral-amputees-with-running-specific-prosthesis
#16
Yoko Sano, Atsushi Makimoto, Satoru Hashizume, Akihiko Murai, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takemura, Hiroaki Hobara
Carbon fiber running-specific prostheses are designed to reproduce the spring-like stepping behavior of individuals similar to springs loaded by the entire body mass (i.e. spring-mass model). The aim of this study was to test whether leg stiffness would be modulated differently between intact and prosthetic legs in transfemoral amputees wearing RSP during sprinting. Eight unilateral transfemoral amputees performed maximum sprinting along an indoor overground runway. Leg stiffness was calculated from kinetic and kinematic data in intact and prosthetic legs...
July 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499159/sensitivity-of-biomechanical-outcomes-to-independent-variations-of-hindfoot-and-forefoot-stiffness-in-foot-prostheses
#17
Peter Gabriel Adamczyk, Michelle Roland, Michael E Hahn
Many studies have reported the effects of different foot prostheses on gait, but most results cannot be generalized because the prostheses' properties are seldom reported. We varied hindfoot and forefoot stiffness in an experimental foot prosthesis, in increments of 15N/mm, and tested the parametric effects of these variations on treadmill walking in unilateral transtibial amputees, at speeds from 0.7 to 1.5m/s. We computed outcomes such as prosthesis energy return, center of mass (COM) mechanics, ground reaction forces, and joint mechanics, and computed their sensitivity to component stiffness...
May 9, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489541/the-effect-of-prosthesis-use-on-hand-mental-rotation-after-unilateral-upper-limb-amputation
#18
Xiaoli Guo, Zixuan Lin, Yuanyuan Lyu, Robin Bekrater-Bodmann, Herta Flor, Shanbao Tong
Amputation of a limb induces changes in the so-called body schema, which might be influenced by the use of prosthetic devices. Changes in the body representation associated with prosthesis use could be investigated using a hand mental rotation task. However, direct neurophysiologic evidence for the effect of prosthesis use on hand mental rotation is still lacking. In this study, we recruited two groups of unilateral upper-limb amputees, i.e., amputees using a prosthesis or with a history of prosthesis use (Pro group) and amputees without a prosthesis (non-Pro group), as well as a sample of matched healthy controls...
May 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487630/analysis-of-interrelationships-among-voluntary-and-prosthetic-leg-joint-parameters-using-cyclograms
#19
Farahiyah Jasni, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Nor Elleeiana Mohd Syah, Tze Y Chung, Noor Azuan Abu Osman
The walking mechanism of a prosthetic leg user is a tightly coordinated movement of several joints and limb segments. The interaction among the voluntary and mechanical joints and segments requires particular biomechanical insight. This study aims to analyze the inter-relationship between amputees' voluntary and mechanical coupled leg joints variables using cyclograms. From this analysis, the critical gait parameters in each gait phase were determined and analyzed if they contribute to a better powered prosthetic knee control design...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470463/-the-endo-exo-prosthesis-treatment-concept-improvement-in-quality-of-life-after-limb-amputation
#20
T Hoffmeister, F Schwarze, H H Aschoff
Osseointegrated, percutaneous implants as the force bearer for exoprosthetics after limb amputation have been used in individual cases for clinical rehabilitation of amputees during the past years. Most experience in this field in Germany has been accumulated at the Sana Klinik in Lübeck with the so-called endo-exo prosthesis (EEP) system. The two-step implantation procedure can now be considered as reliable. Following a well-documented learning curve initial soft tissue problems concerning the cutaneous stoma can now be regarded as exceptions...
May 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
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