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Development of a Rehabilitation Instrument for Prevent Contracture of Ankle

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Rika Sato, Norihiko Saga, Naoki Saito, Seiji Chonan

Akita Prefectural University, Yurihonjyo, Akita, Japan

Paper No. BioMed2007-38061, pp. 61-62; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 7–8, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4266-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3797-1
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


It is called contracture that a joint’s range of motion is restricted. Range of motion exercise is effective to prevent contracture. However, if range of motion exercise by the physiotherapist is performed, a range of motion will improve, but if time not to exercise is long, contracture will decrease again. Then, a rehabilitation instrument for passive range-of-motion exercise which can use after exercise by the physiotherapist is required. A CPM for a knee is developed as such an instrument, and it is also used for an ankle. But, most of instrument used motors to get a high power. So, those are heavy and large size. Installation and movement of instruments at facilities are difficult, and it is also difficult to use freely at home.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Instrumentation



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