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Tongue-controlled robotic rehabilitation: A feasibility study in people with stroke

Sarah Ostadabbas, PhD, et al.

Each year, more than 15,000 Veterans are treated for stroke by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with annual cost in the early months estimated at $274,000,000. There is a great need to develop rehabilitative therapy to optimize motor recovery for individuals with significant loss of voluntary upper limb (UL) movement after stroke. We have combined the Tongue Drive System (TDS) and Hand-Mentor (HM) to create a new paradigm that harnesses tongue motion to control a robotic exoskeleton for UL rehabilitation. We carried out case series on two participants with hemiparesis to evaluate the extent to which TDS-HM improves their function and quality of life.

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 989 — 1006

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Ostadabbas S, Housley SN, Sebkhi N, Richards K, Wu D, Zhang Z, Garcia Rodriguez M, Warthen L, Yarbrough C, Balagaje S, Butler AJ, Ghovanloo M. Tongue-controlled robotic rehabilitation: A feasibility study in people with stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):989–1006.
ORCID: Stephen N. Housley, PT: 0000-0002-7046-9109; Andrew J. Butler, PhD, PT: 0000-0003-3869-9120

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