Customized interactive robotic treatment for stroke: EMG-triggered therapy

IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2005 Sep;13(3):325-34. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2005.850423.


A system for electromyographic (EMG) triggering of robot-assisted therapy (dubbed the EMG game) for stroke patients is presented. The onset of a patient's attempt to move is detected by monitoring EMG in selected muscles, whereupon the robot assists her or him to perform point-to-point movements in a horizontal plane. Besides delivering customized robot-assisted therapy, the system can record signals that may be useful to better understand the process of recovery from stroke. Preliminary experiments aimed at testing the proposed system and gaining insight into the potential of EMG-triggered, robot-assisted therapy are reported.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Electromyography / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motion Therapy, Continuous Passive / methods*
  • Motor Skills
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology
  • Paresis / diagnosis
  • Paresis / etiology
  • Paresis / rehabilitation*
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Physical Stimulation / methods
  • Robotics / methods*
  • Stroke / complications
  • Stroke / diagnosis
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Upper Extremity / physiopathology*
  • User-Computer Interface*