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Motion Path Analysis Tool (Cerebral Palsy Patients)

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Abstract

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a congenital non-progressive disorder that causes physical disabilities in motor development through damage to the motor control centers of the brain, and affects over 10,000 infants each year. The disability most commonly affects the upper extremities, and requires physical therapy or corrective surgical procedures following extensive evaluation of the patient to try and improve the condition. However, evaluations are typically subjective and difficult to carry out uniformly across patients due to the lack of standardization of upper extremity motion. We are an interdisciplinary team of engineering students from Rice University who have designed an innovative evaluation tool that can quantitatively assess the motion path of individuals that have upper extremity impairments in dexterity and motor capabilities. With this device, physicians and physical therapists will have a means to quantitatively and accurately assess patients’ limitations before surgery and their progress and improvement over time after surgery and therapy.

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