Project Rationale

Why Orekhov

Project Orekhov was tasked with developing an assistive orthotic device for the upper limb utilizing direct input from its intended wearer, PT. Direct input and end-point verification from the primary user makes this project unique in a field comprised of devices that are not verified to provide clinical benefit to their intended users, are not designed to address specific needs of end-users, or both. Furthermore, devices that do verify clinical benefit are often research devices that are not intended for use outside of laboratory settings. The goal of this project is to develop a highly wearable hand-assistive device with verified clinical benefit and potential for continued development in and outside of the lab.

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Patient-Tester Grip

Affect of Cerebral Palsy on Grip

Over-pronation, difficulties with extending the hand, and difficulties maintaining grip are key areas Project Orekhov will address.

Patient-Tester Grip 2

Addressing difficulties in opening the hand is a particularly important requirement of this project. This difficulty interferes with grip initiation and release.

Patient-Tester Grip 3

Maintaining a neutral functional hand position is another request of this project. This entails preventing the fingers from crossing each other, and keeping them ready to grip.