Faculty Advisor

Butler, Tiffiny A

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Abstract

Hemiparesis affects over 80 percent of stroke victims, which can reduce the overall quality of life in affected individuals. There are currently no upper-extremity assistive devices on the market to address shoulder hemiparesis, and current treatment options are expensive and ineffective. To address this need, a cable driven device was created to actively lift the affected arm. The activation and position of the device can be controlled by the user for independently performing activities of daily living (ADLs). Validation testing confirmed that the device could accurately and consistently provide the desired range of motion in both flexion/extension and abduction/adduction. The device was proven to be comfortable and intuitive, and was able to allow users to increase their ADL performance.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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