Before you can begin to treat a movement disorder, you need an accurate tool for diagnosis like the Kinesia™…
Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. (CleveMed) received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market Kinesia™, a quantitative motor assessment system. Kinesia is a compact wireless system that uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to monitor three-dimensional motion. The device is worn on the wrist and finger of the patient and
can be used to more conveniently monitor upper extremity movement disorder symptoms and their fluctuations. Motion and electrical muscle activity (EMG) information from the patient is wirelessly telemetered to a computer for display and analysis. The Kinesia software also integrates videos which guide the patient through tasks known to elicit symptoms, similar to instructions given by a physician when evaluating upper extremity motor symptoms.
Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, affect millions of people worldwide. Associated with these disorders are motor symptoms, most commonly tremor, bradykinesia (slowed movements) and dyskinesias (exaggerated, involuntary movements) that can change rapidly and affect quality of life for many individuals. There is currently extensive research to develop new therapies to treat these disorders. Dr. Peter LeWitt, Director, Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders for Henry Ford Health Systems and Kinesia user said, “Progress in developing new therapies needs equipment that can reliably quantify movement and Kinesia has performed very well in clinical and research settings for high-quality physiological recordings of tremor and dyskinesia.”
“Objectively quantifying motor symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor is critical to understanding changes in response to interventions. Symptom fluctuation patterns are difficult to capture during an office visit”, said Joseph Giuffrida, PhD, Director of the Division of Movement Disorders at CleveMed. “The Kinesia system provides more continuous monitoring through a novel, patient worn technology platform that wirelessly transmits motion and muscle activity anywhere. The compact, untethered engineering design allows great flexibility for clinical measurements and research.”
Press Release: Clevemed Receives FDA Clearance to Market Wireless Movement Disorder Monitor (PDF)
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