An Improved Technique on Existing Neck and Head Support Systems for Cervical Dystonia
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Recently, a new technology has improved many folds and is supposed to grow at a much faster pace in near future. Application of technology in medical and healthcare fields has not only made the life of patients much easier but has also helped doctors to implement any treatment very easily. The advance in the field of computing and technology has been a beneficiary in the field of the medical sciences. As far as we all can agree that both the field are not mutually exclusive and complement each other at every step. Instances of this particular statement are the support systems are cervical orthosis that are used for providing stability to the patients suffering from the cervical injuries or spasms. Although these support systems were mainly designed to support the head and neck by immobilizing them and giving time to recover from injuries or spasms, the same can be used for the patients suffering from widely known defect cervical dystonia. Little tweaks are required to enhance the existing support braces to transmute into mobilizer from immobilizers. We have developed a new method AutoNeck in this paper for the treatment of cervical dystonia. AutoNeck basically works by controlling the neck movement of patients with the help of controlling the neck movement (specifically rotation) not only reliefs them on a daily basis but also helps in the overall treatment in the long run. We augmented the support system to provide the freedom of rotating the head and neck by using the mobile application as an input device. The sole purpose of implementation of the idea is to work against the effort produced by the involuntarily contracted cervical muscles which tries to keep the head in a certain direction. The results obtained reflect that the support system can make the head rotate almost in a desired direction by working against the involuntarily effort of the cervical muscles to provide mobility to the patient. The effectiveness of the system can be improved if the expected values coincide with the obtained values of the result. We propose that this approach is very effective and easy to use interface provides the patient with an android application.
KeywordsAutoNeck Cervical dystonia Static system Dynamic system
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