14 March 2017 3D splint prototype system for applications in muscular rehab by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
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It is quite common that patients with ligamentous ruptures, tendonitis, tenosynovitis or sprains are foreseen the use of ad hoc splints for a swift recovery. In this paper, we propose a rehabilitation split that is focused on upper-limb injuries. By considering that upper-limb patient shows a set of different characteristics, our proposal personalizes and prints the splint custom made though a digital model that is generated by a 3D commercial scanner. To fabricate the 3D scanned model the Stereolithography material (SLA) is considered due to the properties that this material offers. In order to complement the recovery process, an electronic system is implemented within the splint design. This system generates a set of pulses for a fix period of time that focuses mainly on a certain group of muscles to allow a fast recovery process known as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Principle (TENS).
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M. I. Saldaña-Martínez, J. V. Guzmán-González, O. G. Barajas-González, V. Guzman-Ramos, A. K. García-Garza, R. B. González-García, M. A. García-Ramírez, "3D splint prototype system for applications in muscular rehab by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)", Proc. SPIE 10056, Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies X, 1005610 (14 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2251649; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2251649
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