Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Suppression - A Double Approach Study - Part 1

Wellington C. Pinheiro, Bruno E. Bittencourt, Lucas B. Luiz, Lucas A. Marcello, Vinicius F. Antonio, Paulo Henrique A. de Lira, Ricardo G. Stolf, Maria Claudia F. Castro

Abstract

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects mostly elderly people. Approximately 2% of world population, over 60 years old, lives with PD. This pathology is recognized not only by motor symptoms such as tremor, postural gait and rigidity, but also, nonmotor symptoms as depression and sleep abnormalities may be developed as well. In Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health, 200,000 people face the challenge to develop day-by-day activities due to PD. More than just a disease causing motor disturbances, PD brings to patients uncertainties about their ability to take care of themselves independently. In this context, assistive technologies assume an important position in order to bring back life quality and self-trust to PD patients. This work aims to study techniques, develop hardware and software for a better approach in tremor suppression in order to bring back life quality to PD patients. This study approaches the problem of flexion/extension carpi radialis tremor suppression using two different strategies. The first is a mechanical suppression based on a servomotor opposing to tremor movement. The second strategy is a functional electrical stimulator. Both systems are triggered by electromyogram (EMG).

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Pinheiro W., Bittencourt B., Luiz L., Marcello L., Antonio V., de Lira P., Stolf R. and Castro M. (2017). Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Suppression - A Double Approach Study - Part 1 . In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-216-5, pages 149-155. DOI: 10.5220/0006152501490155


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@conference{biodevices17,
author={Wellington C. Pinheiro and Bruno E. Bittencourt and Lucas B. Luiz and Lucas A. Marcello and Vinicius F. Antonio and Paulo Henrique A. de Lira and Ricardo G. Stolf and Maria Claudia F. Castro},
title={Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Suppression - A Double Approach Study - Part 1},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2017)},
year={2017},
pages={149-155},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006152501490155},
isbn={978-989-758-216-5},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2017)
TI - Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Suppression - A Double Approach Study - Part 1
SN - 978-989-758-216-5
AU - Pinheiro W.
AU - Bittencourt B.
AU - Luiz L.
AU - Marcello L.
AU - Antonio V.
AU - de Lira P.
AU - Stolf R.
AU - Castro M.
PY - 2017
SP - 149
EP - 155
DO - 10.5220/0006152501490155