An electronic textile based glove that provides electrical stimulation to finger joints and hand to alleviate chronic pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) disease. The glove also provides compression zones on finger joints and a stabilization apparatus on the wrist for rehabilitation of hand deformations with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) disease. This device can be used at home, by hospitals or in other clinical settings. The proposed device will be positioned in the wearable technologies market as a pain management device.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) rehabilitation glove is composed of textile electrodes created via CAD embroidery of conductive threads on the textile surface and transmission lines which connect electrodes to a control unit that is strapped to the e-textile system. The textile electrodes deliver electrical stimulation therapy to finger joints affected by RA pain. The RA rehabilitation glove also houses compression membranes laminated on finger joints which allows for the provision of a splint function for joint deformities caused by RA disease. Finally, the RA rehabilitation glove houses a plastic stabilization apparatus and pouch on the exterior of the hand to stabilize ulnar deviation of the wrist.
This technology can be employed in the wearable pain management industry.
Even though there are several wearable electrical stimulation devices available in the market, there exists no devices in the form of a glove with electronic textile interfaces that targets RA disease.