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Review Article Mobile Phone-Based Joint Angle Measurement for Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation of Proprioception

Abstract : Assessment of joint functional and proprioceptive abilities is essential for balance, posture, and motor control rehabilitation. Joint functional ability refers to the capacity of movement of the joint. It may be evaluated thereby measuring the joint range of motion (ROM). Proprioception can be defined as the perception of the position and of the movement of various body parts in space. Its role is essential in sensorimotor control for movement acuity, joint stability, coordination, and balance. Its clinical evaluation is commonly based on the assessment of the joint position sense (JPS). Both ROM and JPS measurements require estimating angles through goniometer, scoliometer, laser-pointer, and bubble or digital inclinometer. With the arrival of Smartphones, these costly clinical tools tend to be replaced. Beyond evaluation, maintaining and/or improving joint functional and proprioceptive abilities by training with physical therapy is important for long-term management. This review aims to report Smartphone applications used for measuring and improving functional and proprioceptive abilities. It identifies that Smartphone applications are reliable for clinical measurements and are mainly used to assess ROM and JPS. However, there is lack of studies on Smartphone applications which can be used in an autonomous way to provide physical therapy exercises at home.
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Quentin Mourcou, Anthony Fleury, Bruno Diot, Céline Franco, Nicolas Vuillerme. Review Article Mobile Phone-Based Joint Angle Measurement for Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation of Proprioception. BioMed Research International , Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015, pp.Article ID 328142. ⟨hal-01202321⟩



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