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In Motion: Zurich Move

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Since his accident, Reinhard has been paralyzed. In contrast to tetraplegics he is able to move his arms and hands. However, he cannot feel his legs and is massively impaired during activities of daily living. Prof. Armin Curt from University Hospital Balgrist specializes in spinal cord injury: “I’m a clinician and I do see patients on a daily basis, young patients, adults and elderly people. I’m pushed by the patients to do something.”

Zurich Move
Together with two colleagues, Curt developed a device to measure the movements of patients in a project called Zurich Move. “Today we know that activity of a patient is important to allow for best recovery. Using wearable sensors, you can measure how a patient is wheeling, how good and how fast. You can distinguish, if he is actually wheeling on his own or if he is being pushed.” Even beyond therapy sessions, it records all activities of the entire day. “The device gives Reinhard the ability to see how active he is and where he should do better or change some of his movements.”


This newly developed device records the activity of wheeling patients. This helps assessing impairments of motor activity and tailoring a suitable therapy. Patients with a spinal cord injury should be motivated to follow an active life style after leaving the clinic.