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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-65

Importance of wearable devices in generating quantitative data in stroke rehabilitation: An observational case study

1 Startoon Labs Pvt Ltd, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
2 Ucchvas Rehabilitation Centre, Hyderabad Telangana, India

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Startoon Labs Pvt Ltd, Plot No. 10, Strawberry Hotel, Sardar Patel Rd, Paigah Colony, Secunderabad 500003, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/jsip.jsip_1_22

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Background: Use of digitalized methods in stroke rehabilitation is increasing. However, its effect on treatment decisions made by the physiotherapists and perceptions of patient has not been discussed extensively. Aim: The aim of this study was to understand the clinical relevance of objective data generated using wearable technology and its impact on treatment decisions made by the therapist for stroke patients. Materials and Methods: This was an observational clinical report of patients diagnosed with hemiplegia for whom a prognostic tool, Pheezee, was used to assess motor information on joint range of motion (ROM) and muscle electromyography of upper limbs. The clinical information generated by the device was used for further analysis and assessment. Results: A significant difference in motor parameters has been noticed between weak and healthy limbs. The data for motor parameters were severely low for weaker limbs. Discussion: Clinical data extracted on motor parameters from the wearable device are noncomplex to visualize and analyze and ease understanding prognosis for the patient. It strengthens the evidence available for physiotherapists to make specific treatment decisions and readily make the needed modifications in the therapy.

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