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The state of affairs.
Approximately every 10 minutes
someone in Australia will have a stroke, with 15 million people affected each year worldwide. Many stroke patients do not receive much treatment in hospital for their arm and the emphasis is on getting the legs moving so the person can stand up, walk and go home. On returning home 85% stroke survivors cannot move their arms well enough to do tasks like use a knife and fork independently, and 4 years later, 50% people still can’t use their arm and hand for everyday activities. Community rehabilitation is limited. People therefore have to do extensive practice of arm movements at home alone or with a carer to reach their potential. For this practice to be effective, people need to know what exercises to do, receive feedback on their performance, and stay highly motivated.
What have we designed?
esearch at the University of Newcastle has led to the development of a new wearable device, the ArMM (Arm Movement Measure), that could transform arm recovery within the home. As patients practice movements, ArMM gives them feedback about their motor control so they can improve their performance.
What will we do?
any people will benefit from this research. ArMM has wide reaching applications as it will be useful not just in the stroke population, but also in populations with head injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, so it has the potential to make a difference to the lives of many people with neurological diseases. Money will be saved by patients achieving useful arm function earlier, achieving greater function and even allows for patience to practice at home.
Core Research Team
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We are currently busy working on new prototypes, revising hardware and seeking more avenues of funding. Patient trials are in process, but we need all the help we can get! Find out more from us in the FAQ or contact us directly, help spread the word through our social media pages too.