The aim of this study is to assess the clinical effectiveness of the RehaARM-robot and to determine the feasibility of including robotic therapy in daily rehabilitation programmes, after stroke. Additionally, we aim to investigate the acceptance of this intervention from patients and therapists. A total of 10 patients will be recruited in this study, all the patients will receive 1 hour of standard therapy together with 45 min of robot therapy every day. The robot therapy will last 45 minutes, for 15 consecutive days within a maximum period of four weeks. Additional 15 minutes are required for placing surface electrodes on the shoulder and patient preparation. The study will include passive and active shoulder training of four movements: Horizontal abduction/adduction, abduction/adduction, internal/external rotation and flexion/extension. The passive part lasts 10 minutes and the active part 35 minutes.
- Standard rehabilitation therapy Behavioral
Intervention Desc: Standard therapy of stroke rehabilitation including speech, physical, occupational therapies and group activities. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: The RehaARM-Robot Description: Receive 45 min of robot-assisted therapy for the shoulder and 1 hour of daily standard rehabilitation therapy.
- The RehaARM-Robot Device
Other Names: Robot-assisted therapy for the shoulder Intervention Desc: Robot therapy by using a 3-Degrees-Of-Freedom (3DOFs) robot to train the shoulder. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: The RehaARM-Robot Description: Receive 45 min of robot-assisted therapy for the shoulder and 1 hour of daily standard rehabilitation therapy.
- Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
- Purpose: Treatment
- Endpoint: Safety/Efficacy Study
- Intervention: Single Group Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Fugl-Meyer Assessment scale - Upper Extremity (FMA-UE)||3 weeks (15 sessions)||No|
|Secondary||Functional Independence Measure (FIM)||3 weeks (15 sessions)||Yes|
|Secondary||Reaching Performance Scale (RPS)||3 weeks (15 sessions)||No|
|Secondary||Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) of five muscles||3 weeks (15 sessions)||No|
|Secondary||Nine Hole Pegboard Test (NHPT)||3 weeks (15 sessions)||No|