SPECIAL FEATURE: Rehabilitation Scenario and the use of Assistive Devices in China - DONGFENG HUANG

As the development of rehabilitation science, more and more people focus on the quality of recovery. It has been widely recognized that assistive devices can help reduce the pain and promote the function in the management of many diseases. 

According to the data of China Disabled Persons Federation, , there are about 85.02 million disabled Chinese people caused by diseases including stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, and osteoarthritis in 2010. Stroke is the leading causes of long-term disability and institutionalization in China [1]. The number of stroke patients increases about 2.0 million and the incidence is as high as 8.7% each year in China [2]. 75% of the survivors are associated with varying degree of disability [3]. Reduced muscle strength and poor performance of functional tasks with paretic limbs have been well documented in many studies [4]. An epidemiology study reported that about 76.7% of patients suffered serious motor dysfunction, 20% sensory impairment and 18.3% the dysphonia[5]. The assistive devices can help stroke patients release these disabilities..

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