Section: Application Domains
Objective quantification and understanding of movement disorders
Modelling based on a physical description of the system lets appear meaningful parameters that, when identified on a person, give objective and quantitative data that characterize the system. Thus, they can be used for diagnosis.
Modelling provides a way to simulate movements for a given patient so that through an identification process it becomes possible to analyse and then understand his pathology. But to describe complex pathology such as spasticity that appears on paraplegic patients, you need not only to model the biomechanics parts - including muscles -, but also parts of the peripheral nervous system - including natural sensors - to assess reflex problems. One important application is then to explore deficiencies globally due to both muscles and peripheral neural nets disorders.