Inertial Sensor based Gait and Functional assessment in Clinical Environments

Human movement such as sit-to-stand (STS) and Sit-to-walk (STW) are one of the most fundamental and essential movement among daily living activities. Elderly who are unable to stand are severely limited in daily activities and rely on others for their care. In the coming next two decades about 20% of US population will be above the age of 65 years, and considering ever-increasing elderly population and health care expenses, the rehabilitation of functionally limited elderly is becoming a topic of greater concern. Clinically STS and STW movements are looked upon with great interest, such as their analysis is meaningful in order to evaluate motor control and stability in elderly patients with functional limitations and may be more helpful than traditional medical evaluations in diagnosing and treating mobility problems in elderly.