Pablo Borboa, Antonio Montes de Oca, Brenda Ramírez, Alejandro Calahorra
Congenital torticollis is a condition affecting an important amount of newborns, who need to be diagnosed and treated in early stages in order to avoid long-term consequences, which in worst case situations can lead to mild scoliosis or plagiocephaly . Physical therapy treatment has shown an effectivity rate of about 90 to 99%. Monitoring the affected muscle’s activity while performing prescribed exercises at home is an important way to to provide feedback information for parents and professionals treating the case.
Currently, there are many methods of physical therapy used to treat torticollis, including:positioning, environmental adaptations, passive and active stretching of the tight sternocleidomastoid, strengthening of weak neck, as well as a therapy programs to be performed at home by the infant’s caregiver .
Nowadays, to the best of our knowledge, there are no devices or rehab systems available for measuring the progress of the therapy, the muscle activity and/or quantification of the prescribed exercises. Given the paucity of rehab systems (software and hardware) to treat torticollis in infants, we proposed the development of a rehabilitation device capable of measuring and analysing electromyographic signals of the affected muscles. The proposed system is expected to provide feedback on the correct execution of the prescribed home exercises and measure the progress of the therapy.