[Purpose] Upper extremity rehabilitation after an injury is very important. This study proposes radio frequency identification [RFID] technology to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the upper extremity rehabilitation. [Subjects and Methods] People use their upper extremities to conduct daily activities. When recovering from injuries, many patients neglect the importance of rehabilitation, which results in degraded function. This study recorded the training process using the traditional rehabilitation hand gliding cart with a RFID reader, RFID tags in the panel, and a servo host computer. [Results] Clinical evidence, time taken to achieve a full score, counts of missing the specified spots, and Brunnstrom stage of aided recovery, the proximal part of the upper extremity show that the RFID-based upper extremity training significantly and reduce negative impacts of the disability in daily life and activities. [Conclusion] This study combined a hand-gliding cart with an RFID reader, and when patients moved the cart, the movement could be observed via the activated RFID tags. The training data was collected and quantified for a better understanding of the recovery status of the patients. Each of the participating patients made progress as expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-524
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Hand-gliding cart
  • Rehabilitation
  • RFID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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