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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 23  |  Page : 2102-2110

A novel functional electrical stimulation-control system for restoring motor function of post-stroke hemiplegic patients


1 Institute of RF- & OE-ICs, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
2 Institute of RF- & OE-ICs, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province; Co-innovation Center of Neuroregeneration, Nantong University, Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China
3 State Key Lab of Bioelectronics, Southeast University, Nanjing; Co-innovation Center of Neuroregeneration, Nantong University, Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China
4 State Key Lab of Bioelectronics, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Zhigong Wang
Sipailou 2#, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096
China
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Source of Support: This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 90307013, 90707005 and a grant from the Science & Technology Pillar Program of Jiangsu Province in China, No. BE2013706., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1673-5374.147938

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Hemiparesis is one of the most common consequences of stroke. Advanced rehabilitation techniques are essential for restoring motor function in hemiplegic patients. Functional electrical stimulation applied to the affected limb based on myoelectric signal from the unaffected limb is a promising therapy for hemiplegia. In this study, we developed a prototype system for evaluating this novel functional electrical stimulation-control strategy. Based on surface electromyography and a vector machine model, a self-administered, multi-movement, force-modulation functional electrical stimulation-prototype system for hemiplegia was implemented. This paper discusses the hardware design, the algorithm of the system, and key points of the self-oscillation-prone system. The experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of the prototype system for further clinical trials, which is being conducted to evaluate the efficacy of the proposed rehabilitation technique.


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