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Robot-Assisted Exercise for Hand Weakness After Stroke: A Pilot Study.
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PMID:  21952215     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE:: Upper-limb paresis is a major source of disability in stroke survivors, and robotic device-aided exercise therapy is a promising approach to enhance motor abilities. Few robotic devices have been available to provide therapy to the fingers and hand. This study was designed to test a new robotic device for hand rehabilitation in stroke survivors. DESIGN:: This is an open-label pilot study of 12 individuals with chronic moderate hemiparesis after stroke. Participants underwent a 6-wk training program using a hand robotic device. Participants received a total of 18 hrs of robotic therapy. RESULTS:: Improvements were found in multiple measures of motor performance, including the Upper Extremity Fugl-Meyer test, the Motor Activity Log, the Manual Ability Measure-36, and the Jebsen Hand Function Test. All subjects tolerated the treatment well and no complications were observed. CONCLUSIONS:: Robotic therapy for hand paresis after stroke is safe and feasible, and further studies of efficacy are justified by these preliminary results.
Joel Stein; Lauri Bishop; Glen Gillen; Raimund Helbok
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1537-7385     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803677     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY (JS, LB, GG); and Clinical Department of Neurology, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria (RH).
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