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What's new in new technologies for upper extremity rehabilitation?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20852420     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The field of new technologies for upper-limb rehabilitation is exploding. The review presents new trends and studies of effectiveness from recent literature regarding robots, virtual reality and telerehabilitation for neurorehabilitation of the upper limb.
RECENT FINDINGS: There appears to be a greater focus on technological developments than on clinical trials or studies to evaluate the mechanisms behind the effectiveness of these systems. Developments are most abundant in the field of robotics. However, the first well designed and powered randomized-controlled trial on robot rehabilitation has appeared, confirming that the effectiveness of robot therapy lies in the number of repetitions provided. There is a move towards studies in populations other than stroke, particularly cerebral palsy with a few studies on multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. There is also an increasing trend for the use of robotic devices as evaluation tools.
SUMMARY: Despite the fact that new technologies are based on knowledge from motor control and learning literature and that they provide an exciting potential for varied rehabilitation, recent evidence suggests that the only contribution to clinical practice currently is the provision of intensive, repetitive movements.
Sylvain Brochard; Johanna Robertson; Béatrice Médée; Olivier Rémy-Néris
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in neurology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1473-6551     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-05     Completed Date:  2011-09-06     Revised Date:  2013-01-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9319162     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Neurol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  683-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
CHU Brest, Service de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Brest, France.
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MeSH Terms
Arm / physiopathology*
Brain Injuries / rehabilitation
Exercise Therapy / instrumentation*,  methods,  trends*
Multiple Sclerosis / rehabilitation
Paresis / rehabilitation*
Physical Fitness / physiology
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods
Robotics / instrumentation*,  methods,  trends*
Teaching / methods,  trends
Treatment Outcome

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