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Electrical stimulation to reduce the overload in upper limbs during sitting pivot transfer in paraplegic: a preliminary study

Ana Claudia G. Lopes, Claudia Ochoa-Diaz, Roberto S. Baptista, Lucas O. Fonseca, Charles Fattal, Christine Azevedo Coste, Antônio P.L. Bó, Emerson Fachin-Martins
  • Ana Claudia G. Lopes
    SARAH Network Rehabilitation Hospitals, Brasília, Brazil; NTAAI, Faculdade de Ceilândia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  • Claudia Ochoa-Diaz
    LARA, Faculdade de Tecnologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  • Roberto S. Baptista
    LARA, Faculdade de Tecnologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  • Lucas O. Fonseca
    LARA, Faculdade de Tecnologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  • Charles Fattal
    Centre de Réhabilitation CRF, COS DIVIO, Dijon, France
  • Christine Azevedo Coste
    INRIA, LIRMM, Montpellier, France
  • Antônio P.L. Bó
    LARA, Faculdade de Tecnologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  • Emerson Fachin-Martins
    NTAAI, Faculdade de Ceilândia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil | efmartins@unb.br

Abstract

Transfer is a key ability and allows greater interact with the environment and social participation. Conversely, paraplegics have great risk of pain and injury in the upper limbs due to joint overloads during activities of daily living, like transfer. The main goal of this study is to verify if the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) in the lower limbs of paraplegic individuals can assist the sitting pivot transfer (SPT). The secondary objective is to verify if there is a greater participation of the lower limbs during lift pivot phase. A preliminary study was done with one complete paraplegic individual. Temporal parameters were calculated and a kinetic assessment was done during the SPT. The preliminary results showed the feasibility of FES for assisting the SPT.

Keywords

Spinal cord injuries; Paraplegia; Functional electrical stimulation; Kinetics; Biomechanics; Rehabilitation

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