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Portable upper extremity robotics is as efficacious as upper extremity rehabilitative therapy: a randomized controlled pilot trial.
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PMID:  23147552     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective:To compare the efficacy of a repetitive task-specific practice regimen integrating a portable, electromyography-controlled brace called the 'Myomo' versus usual care repetitive task-specific practice in subjects with chronic, moderate upper extremity impairment.Subjects:Sixteen subjects (7 males; mean age 57.0 ± 11.02 years; mean time post stroke 75.0 ± 87.63 months; 5 left-sided strokes) exhibiting chronic, stable, moderate upper extremity impairment.Interventions:Subjects were administered repetitive task-specific practice in which they participated in valued, functional tasks using their paretic upper extremities. Both groups were supervised by a therapist and were administered therapy targeting their paretic upper extremities that was 30 minutes in duration, occurring 3 days/week for eight weeks. One group participated in repetitive task-specific practice entirely while wearing the portable robotic, while the other performed the same activity regimen manually.Main outcome measures:The upper extremity Fugl-Meyer, Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and Stroke Impact Scale were administered on two occasions before intervention and once after intervention.Results:After intervention, groups exhibited nearly identical Fugl-Meyer score increases of ≈2.1 points; the group using robotics exhibited larger score changes on all but one of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and Stroke Impact Scale subscales, including a 12.5-point increase on the Stroke Impact Scale recovery subscale.Conclusions:Findings suggest that therapist-supervised repetitive task-specific practice integrating robotics is as efficacious as manual practice in subjects with moderate upper extremity impairment.
Stephen J Page; Valerie Hill; Susan White
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1477-0873     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory (the 'RehabLab'), Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA.
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