Assistive Robotics as Alternative Treatment for Tremor
Tremor is the most common movement disorder and strongly increases in incidence and prevalence with ageing. Although not life threatening, upper limb tremors hamper independent life of 65% of those suffering from them, greatly impacting on their quality of life. Current treatments of tremor include drugs and surgery. However, tremor is not effectively managed in 25% of patients. Therefore, further research and new therapeutic options are required for an effective management of pathological tremor. This paper introduces some rehabilitation robots developed for tremor suppression based on biomechanical loading, their evaluation and the identification of their limitations. At the end, authors aim to provide a view of the potential of this novel approach for tremor management and the plans for commercialization.
Keywordstremor assistive robotics biomechanical loading
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