Table of Contents
Journal of Medical Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 846514, 16 pages
Review Article

A Review on Technical and Clinical Impact of Microsoft Kinect on Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

1Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, CA 92617, USA
2School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92617, USA

Received 30 June 2014; Revised 3 November 2014; Accepted 17 November 2014; Published 11 December 2014

Academic Editor: Laurence Cheze

Copyright © 2014 Hossein Mousavi Hondori and Maryam Khademi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper reviews technical and clinical impact of the Microsoft Kinect in physical therapy and rehabilitation. It covers the studies on patients with neurological disorders including stroke, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, and MS as well as the elderly patients. Search results in Pubmed and Google scholar reveal increasing interest in using Kinect in medical application. Relevant papers are reviewed and divided into three groups: (1) papers which evaluated Kinect’s accuracy and reliability, (2) papers which used Kinect for a rehabilitation system and provided clinical evaluation involving patients, and (3) papers which proposed a Kinect-based system for rehabilitation but fell short of providing clinical validation. At last, to serve as technical comparison to help future rehabilitation design other sensors similar to Kinect are reviewed.