Office of Undergraduate Research

Validate a Newly-Developed Quantitative Spasticity Measure

Although the impact of spasticity on activities of daily living is profound, available assessment tools that quantify the severity of spasticity are lacking. This project aims to validate elbow angle and force measurements provided by a newly developed (by UWM researchers and students) spasticity device, and pilot test the device on a sample of 6 stroke patients. This project consists of three serial stages: (1) evaluate the reliability and validity of force and angle measurements from the device against those using force gauges and a vision based motion capture system; (2) Develop protocol for therapists to use during initial pilot testing; and (3) execute those test protocol on 6 subjects affected by spasticity and compare the results of the device to the results produced by therapists using the traditional modified Ashworth Scale to rate the spasticity in those patients.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The student's tasks and responsibilities are to set-up, calibrate, and maintain device instrumentation and test the device instrumentation in the Gait and Biodynamics Laboratory at the University Services & Research (USR) Building. The student will also work under the close supervision to manage and collect data from therapists and subjects. Finally, the student will be responsible for analyzing the data summarizing the results and preparing a report, poster, and presentation.