Kinect-Based Physiotherapy and Assessment: A Comprehensive Review

Fadilla ‘Atyka Nor Rashid, Nor Surayahani Suriani, Ain Nazari


Kinect-based physical rehabilitation grows significantly as a mechanism for clinical assessment and rehabilitation due to its flexibility, low-cost and markerless system for human action capture. It is also an approach to provide convenience for for patients’ exercises continuation at home.  In this paper, we discuss a review of the present Kinect-based physiotherapy and assessment for rehabilitation patients to provide an outline of the state of art, limitation and issues of concern as well as suggestion for future work in this approach. The paper is constructed into three main parts. The introduction was discussed on physiotherapy exercises and the limitation of current Kinect-based applications. Next, we also discuss on Kinect Skeleton Joint and Kinect Depth Map features that being used widely nowadays. A concise summary with significant findings of each paper had been tabulate for each feature; Skeleton Joints and Depth Map. Afterwards, we assemble a quite number of classification method that being implemented for activity recognition in past few years.


Kinect-based; Physiotherapy; Depth Map; Skeleton Joint; Activity Recognition

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