To assess the efficacy of a computerized arm trainer (AT) allowing repetitive practice of passive and active bilateral forearm and wrist movement cycle in improving the motor control of severely affected arms of subacute stroke patients.
- Electrical stimulation Other
Intervention Desc: This category includes any form of electrical stimulation intended to improve motor function or pain after stroke.
- Robotic Aids Behavioral
Intervention Desc: This category includes any mechanical and/or computerized device designed to improve extremity function.
Randomized, blind, controlled intervention study.
All patients practiced 20 minutes every workday for 6 weeks, with AT patients performing 800 repetitions per session with the robot, and ES patients performing 60 to 80 wrist extensions per session.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Blindly assessed Fugl-Meyer Motor Score of the upper extremity (FM, 0 to 66).|
|Secondary||Upper limb muscle power (Medical Research Council [MRC] sum, 0 to 45) and muscle tone (Ashworth score sum, 0 to 25) assessed at the beginning and end of treatment and at 3-month follow-up.|