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Smart glove designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis

January 1st, 2021 / By: / Swatches

A therapeutic glove for rheumatoid arthritis patients is designed to alleviate pain and address the problem of deformation of the fingers. Developed by Dr. Gozde Goncu Berk, assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, the glove delivers electrical nerve stimulation through the skin via the embroidered e-textile electrodes and transmission lines created through integration of conductive threads on textile. For treatment of swan neck deformity of the fingers and ulnar deviation of the hand, compression thermoplastic membranes are laminated on finger joint areas of the glove, and a support structure for the wrist is integrated into the glove as a splint. Photo: UC Davis, Dr. Gozde Goncu Berk.