Myoelectric Control, virtual reality, phantom limb pain, therapy
The purpose of this study is to generate a virtual reality solution to the neurological problem referred to as Phantom Limb Pain (PLP). Ample evidence suggests that amputees conserve the sensation that their missing limbs are still attached. However, a percentage of amputees experience constant pain in the missing limb, hence the label “Phantom Limb Pain” (PLP). PLP has for long been dealt with using Mirror Therapy, which involves tricking the brain into believing that the missing limb is present, by showing a reflection of the present limb. However, Mirror Therapy only yields temporary results. Therefore, our study aims at establishing a more permanent solution to PLP by providing control of the missing limb, in a virtual environment, using trans-humeral myoelectric signals as input. The data collection will proceed by subjecting participants to different controlled motions and classifying the electric signals from each muscle involved in the motions.
Niamba, Kouadio; McCray, Megan; and Steinley, Alexander, "Myoelectric Control: a virtual reality application to the solution of Phantom Limb Pain (PLP)" (2021). IdeaFest. 328.