Nevertheless, every year millions of people are suffering from stroke despite any precautions taken. In 2010, there were 33 million stroke cases worldwide, with 16.9 million people having a first stroke . Motor deficit is the most common impairment in stroke patients . Lower limb weakness is present in approximately 72% of people following stroke . Approximately one-third of community-dwelling people with stroke cannot get around unsupervised in the community . This indicates significant opportunities for an assistive device such as XoSoft in this population.
However, a number of challenges also exist. The clinical presentations of individuals affected by stroke can vary greatly, in terms of type and severity, as well as the areas of the body affected. Upper limb impairment is more common than lower limb weakness, and may limit the ability to use assistive devices, particularly a wearable device which must be put on and taken off. Additionally, increased muscle tone and impaired voluntary movement following stroke present challenges to the control of a device like XoSoft.
Prevalence of cognitive impairment is high following stroke, particularly in those with greater levels of disability. Various hospital-based studies report prevalence of cognitive impairment ranging from 11.6% to 56.3% .
Hence, XoSoft is continuously facing new challenges but with our interdisciplinary research team from seven countries one is not addressing them alone and we are ready to face them heads on.
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