For many musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, providing feedback on joint movements is an essential part of rehabilitation. Research on therapeutic biofeedback technologies for musculoskeletal tele-rehabilitation focuses on providing this necessary feedback.
Feedback is as important for movements in everyday life as it is for therapy exercises: patients and therapists need to know that exercises are performed correctly, but also need to know how exercises are translating into everyday activity. Detecting the difference between a healthy joint movement and an unhealthy joint movement is a challenging task, more so in everyday-wearable garments and monitoring technologies. We aim to bridge this gap by making progress toward accurate detection of movement quality as well as effective communication of progress and errors to the patient and therapist.
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