The purpose of this study is to compare 2 training programs using robotic exercise devices to supervised arm exercises in stroke patients with chronic stable deficits.
A robotic exercise device has been developed(MIT-MANUS)capable of providing therapy to the arm for patients with weakness due to stroke. The randomized trial will compare conventional care, planar robot intervention and an intervention of planar and vertical robot training among patients with chronic, stable deficits. We will evaluate motor outcomes, effectiveness, cost, patient satisfaction and quality of life. The study will determine the efficacy of upper extremity robot therapy compared to supervised self-administered exercise therapy in patients with deficits due to stroke.
- Robotic Upper Extremity Neurorehabilitation Device
Intervention Desc: Upper extremity exercise using a planar robot Upper extremity exercise using a planar and vertical robot ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: 1 Description: Robot Exercise Group ARM 2: Kind: Experimental Label: Arm 1 Description: Robot Exercise Group
- Traditional Upper Extremity Exercise Group Other
Intervention Desc: Upper extremity stretching, skateboard reaching activities, and arm ergometer ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: 2 Description: Traditional Upper Extremity Exercise Group ARM 2: Kind: Experimental Label: Arm 2 Description: Traditional Upper Extremity Exercise Group
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Open Label
- Purpose: Treatment
- Endpoint: Efficacy Study
- Intervention: Parallel Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity Motor Performance Test||The primary outcome measure is repeated at midway intervention visit 9, final intervention visit 18, and at a 12 week follow-up visit||No|
|Primary||Upper Extremity Portion of the Fugl-Meyer Motor Performance Assessment||Baseline to Final Training (6 weeks)||No|