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SPIDER as A Rehabilitation Tool for Patients with Neurological Disabilities: The Preliminary Research

Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechatronics and Automatic, Sniadeckich 2, 75-453 Koszalin, Poland
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J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm10020033
Received: 31 March 2020 / Revised: 12 April 2020 / Accepted: 29 April 2020 / Published: 30 April 2020
(1) Background and purpose: SPIDER (Strengthening Program for Intensive Developmental Exercises and activities for Reaching health capability) is dedicated for patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Sclerosis Multiplex, Spinal Bifida, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and strokes. Authors proposed a computer model for the evaluation patient’s condition and the rehabilitation progress. (2) Methods: The 2-year-old and 76-year-old patients with neurological problems, who underwent individual therapy included balancing and coordination practising with SPIDER device. The model comparing the forces, which act during the therapy process, such as the expander and gravity forces, was worked out using Matlab software. (3) Results: The model allowed controlling the changes into the patients centre of gravity forces continuous adjustment and postural stability during any patient’s movement. After rehabilitation sessions, lasted for 28 days during which patients received the progress information and the therapist got the numeric data, regarding the period of the therapy. (4) Conclusions: The first patient was able to move, dramatically improved the ability to balance and coordination. The second one presented change in gait, improvement in mobility, motor function and decreased fall risk. The proposed computer model gives information about the forces acting to the patient body. The physiotherapist can evaluate the progress of patient verticalization and receive information, in the form of numbers and charts. View Full-Text
Keywords: SPIDER therapy; rehabilitation; computer modelling; vertical strength model SPIDER therapy; rehabilitation; computer modelling; vertical strength model
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Glowinski, S.; Blazejewski, A. SPIDER as A Rehabilitation Tool for Patients with Neurological Disabilities: The Preliminary Research. J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10, 33.

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