A Peripheral Tactile Feedback System for Lateral Epicondilytus Rehabilitation Exercise

Jamie Ferguson, Lorna Paul, Stephen Brewster

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Abstract

Lateral epicondilytus (LE), or tennis elbow, is a highly prevalent musculoskeletal condition that affects millions of people. Physiotherapy is a common treatment, with a large portion consisting of prescribed home-based exercises. Adherence to these programs is an important factor in rehabilitation, however there are many barriers to adherence including the exercise taking up too much of the patient’s attention, or the patient feeling like they are not carrying out exercises correctly. To address these problems, this paper describes a prototype system that uses haptic feedback to guide the patient to correctly carry out a commonly prescribed LE rehabilitation exercise, while allowing them to attend to external information such as another person or a screen. The system peripherally conveys information about the speed of movement and position of the user’s wrist movement via peripheral vibration feedback, allowing the user to make adjustments to movement whilst keeping the visual and auditory senses free to attend to other sources. Finally, we discuss future areas of research for this prototype and applications of vibrotactile feedback for physiotherapy in general.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380959
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021
Event2021 ACM CHI Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Online
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021
https://chi2021.acm.org/ (Link to conference website)

Conference

Conference2021 ACM CHI Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
Period8/05/2113/05/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • Physiotherapy
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Haptic Interface
  • Vibrotactile
  • Parameter Mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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