The purpose of this study is to develop an upper extremity robotic training system for use by people with stroke to practice arm and hand movement in the clinic.
Each year in the U.S. over 400,000 people survive a stroke and approximately 80% of acute stroke survivors lose arm and hand movement skills. Movement impairments are typically treated with intensive, hands-on physical and occupational therapy for several weeks after the initial brain injury. Unfortunately, due to economic pressure on the U.S. health care system, stroke patients are receiving less therapy and going home sooner. Our goal for this study is to develop an upper extremity robotic training system for both acute and chronic stroke population to improve movement ability with intensive and repetitive movement in the clinic without continuous supervision from a therapist.
- Type I Robotic Group (Functional activities and individual joints) Device
Intervention Desc: Subjects participate in 11 weeks of robotic training with the device: BONES (Biomimetic Orthosis Neurorehabilitation for Elbow and Shoulder) , 3 days per week, 1 hour per day with the robotic exercise program. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: 2 Description: Robotic group (Type II)
- Type II Robotic therapy (Individual joints only) Device
Intervention Desc: Subjects participate in 11 weeks of training with the robotic device BONES, 3 days per week, 1 hour per day with a robot-assisted exercise program. The robotic exoskeleton assists in arm and hand movements as the patient plays interactive computer games. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: 1 Description: Robotic group(Type I)
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
- Purpose: Treatment
- Intervention: Parallel Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Motor and strength measure using Box & Block and Fugl-Meyer tests||11 weeks||No|