Date of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Jeutter, Dean C.

Second Advisor

Schmit, Brian

Third Advisor

Prieto, Thomas E.

Abstract

It is the goal of modern rehabilitation techniques to heal, supplement, or replace lost functionality due to illness or injury. To that end, functional electrical stimulation serves as a unique tool to aid in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries, strokes, or traumatic brain injuries in ways that few other rehabilitative techniques can. The field of functional electrical stimulation has been well researched in the past 50 years and many advancements have been made. These advancements have made drastic improvements in the quality of life of people who require this technology. It is hoped that the development of this prototype will provide incentive for the continued development of more systems like the AEGES device.

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