Study of Robot-assisted Arm Therapy for Acute Stroke Patients

Recruiting

Phase 1 Results N/A

Trial Description

The purpose of this study is to compare standard occupational therapy to a combination of conventional (standard) and robotic therapy. The Reo Go device will provide robotic therapy that gives therapists a tool that could make stroke treatment faster and better by helping patients practice more accurate arm movements with help from the device.

Detailed Description

HYPOTHESES
- Motor function will be significantly greater for the patients in the robotic training group as measured by standard clinical evaluations.
- Functional independence gains will be similar for both groups because the robotic therapy is not task-specific for activities of daily living (ADL).
- Robotic training will reduce pain and spasticity more effectively than conventional therapy alone, due to increased number of movements performed during the robotic training.
- Muscle activation patterns for patients receiving robotic training will show decreased agonist/antagonist co-contraction and less erratic muscle activation.
- Robotic training patients will demonstrate significantly greater ROM, movement accuracy and higher movement speed during exercises performed as part of robotic training. For robotic exercises performed only as part of the robotic assessment, these improvements will be significantly less than those for practiced movements.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Conventional therapy Other
    Intervention Desc: Occupational therapy that is the current standard of care
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Conventional Treatment
  • Reo Go robotic arm trainer Device
    Intervention Desc: Robotic training with the Reo Go is included with conventional treatment during daily OT sessions
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Robotic and Conventional Therapy

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Fugl-Meyer Score Start and end of treatment No
Secondary EMG - muscle activation and co-contraction index Start and end of treatment No

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