Thanks to a multidisciplinary team at the University of California, San Diego, there is now a senor-packed glove that can measure spasticity more accurately than physicians. Multiple Sclerosis News Today reports that the glove measures spasticity or stiffness in the limbs of patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke. However, although it’s more effective than a physician’s assessment via touch, according to the team, it needs more work.
With a capacity to help doctors adjust medication to meet patients’ needs, the tech provides an objective, accurate, and consistent measure of the condition. So, a doctor can now wear the device, which is a regular sports glove with over 300 pressure sensors taped to the palm, and the latter’s sensors (while connected to a computer) will calculate the amount of power needed to move a limb. If they need to put in more power, it means spasticity is greater.