Computerized Arm Training After Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

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.

Interventions

  • 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.

Trial Design

Randomized, blind, controlled intervention study.

Patient Involvement

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.

Outcomes

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.

Sponsors

BMBF