This paper outlines the initial ideas and results surrounding the development of an accurate hand movement measurement tool. This tool will assist medical clinicians, specifically rheumatologists and orthopeadic hand surgeons, with measuring the loss of movement in the human hand. This has many direct applications within medical practice including diagnosis, prognosis and recovery assessment of patients with conditions specific to the hand e.g. to measure how far a patient can close their fingers (with a flare up in arthritis patients may not be able to make a fist). Current measurement techniques available to clinicians are either invasive (x-rays) or rely heavily on manual evaluation such as vision and touch which are dependent on training and experience and results often vary between observers. Measuring tape is commonly used to measure distances e.g. between palm and fingertip which also leads to issues with accuracy, as well as patient self questionnaires which allow for interpretation.
Condell, J., Curran, K., Quigley, T., McNeill, M., Winder, J., Xie, E., & Zhang, Q. (2010). Measuring Finger Movement in Arthritic Patients Using Wearable Glove Technology. In Wearable and Autonomous Biomedical Devices and Systems for Smart Environments (Vol. 75, pp. 391-406). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15687-8