Robotic Rehabilitation

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The advantages robotic systems could provide to human rehabilitation processes are promising: not only they could help therapists by increasing the duration of the rehabilitation exercises, but also they could enhance their quality through a precise control of the motion applied by the robot to the patient \cite{qian2015}. Another useful features of a robotic systems represents the possibility to record very precise kinematic and kinetic information during the rehabilitation process, and finally they make possible to adapt the exercise to the particular stage of the individual \cite{robertson2010}. Many works deal with robotic lower-extremity rehabilitation, \cite{diaz2011}. In \cite{girone1999} a six-degree-of-freedom Steward platform for sprained ankle rehabilitation was developed. More recently, in \cite{rastegarpanah2016} a six degrees of freedom parallel manipulator was proposed for lower limb rehabilitation exercises. Considering that the cost of the robotic system is one of the critical factors, lower mobility mechanisms have been proposed. Ref. \cite{dai2004} proposed two different parallel manipulators for ankle rehabilitation, the first one with three degrees of freedom was composed by three SPS legs and a central strut which is fixed on the base platform, and joined with the moving…show more content…
Specific tests have been developed to detect it. The two most recognized are: the Lachman Test \cite{wiertsema2008} and the Pivot Shift Test \cite{lopomo2012}. Analyzing the basic movements required for both diagnosis and rehabilitation after surgery, it was found that the new parallel robot should perform the following basic movements (see Figure
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