Hand-Extension/Flexion Device for Stroke Rehabilitation

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There are over 220,000 US stroke patients each year who lack the ability to volitionally reopen their affected hand post-stroke. The HOAD Research Group at the Johns Hopkins University was charted in August 2006 as an engineering teaching and mentoring enterprise to design a hand-opening assistive device (HOAD), to provide a simple, convenient, mechanically robust orthosis that allows opening and/or closing of the patient’s affected hand.

HOAD has been issued three USPTO Medical Device patents: Pat #8348810; Pat #8678980; Pat # 8652076. These rehabilitation, glove-like device designs overcome all competitors’ shortcomings in terms of robustness, comfort, ease of use/dress and efficacy. HOAD orthotics are designed to be comfortable, worn full time, provide full range of motion to the hand and wrist, may serve as a splint and enable the patient to exercise/rehabilitate, unlike what is offered by any competitor.


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  • Name:
    Edward Land
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    Team members:
    Edward M. Land

    A diverse mix of students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Pennsylvania State University.
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