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NeXOS - The design, development and evaluation of a rehabilitation system for the lower limbs

Bradley, David, Acosta-Marquez, C., Hawley, Mark, Brownsell, Simon, Enderby, Pam and Mawson, S. (2009) NeXOS - The design, development and evaluation of a rehabilitation system for the lower limbs. Mechatronics, 19 (2). pp. 247-257. ISSN 0957-4158

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Abstract

Recent years have seen the development of a number of automated and semi-automated systems to support physiotherapy and rehabilitation. These deploy a range of technologies from highly complex purpose built systems to approaches based around the use of industrial robots operating either individually or in combination for applications ranging from stroke rehabilitation to mobility enhancement. The NeXOS project set out to investigate an approach to the rehabilitation of the lower limbs in a way which brought together expertise in engineering design and mechatronics with specialists in rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

The result is prototype of a system which is potentially capable in operating in a number of modes from fully independent to providing direct support to a physiotherapist during manipulation of the limb. Designed around a low cost approach for an implementation ultimately capable of use in a patients home using web-based strategies for communication with their support team, the prototype NeXOS system has validated the adoption of an integrated approach to its development. The paper considers this design and development process and provides the results from the initial tests with physiotherapists to establish the operational basis for clinical implementation. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Mechatronics. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Mechatronics; Design; Physiotherapy; Rehabilitation
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Medicine (Sheffield) > Clinical Sciences Division North (Sheffield) > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing

The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 16:47
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2008.07.0...
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2008.07.006
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7971

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