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Robotics exoskeleton for shoulder rehabilitation

A team from the Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR, UPM-CSIC) has developed a robotic exoskeleton that performs more efficiently rehabilitation therapies of patients with shoulder injuries. By using strength and motion sensors, the system assesses the degree of an injury and its evolution as the treatment progresses.

Besides, the use of this system is simple and easily adaptable to any patient. These features represent not only a great advantage for patients, who recover faster, but also a big help for healthcare providers that treat these injuries every day.

Human shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body due to its wide variety of motions. The interrelationship among its parts makes rehabilitation complex after an injury if compared to other skeletal-muscle injuries.

Image of exoskeleton designed by CAR
Exoskeleton designed by CAR (UPM-CSIC)
Image: UPM