The investigators are trying to determine the therapeutic effect of the music glove and conventional hand exercise program to the subacute stroke patients. All participants will be randomized into two groups: AB and BA. They will all exercise at least 3 times a week for 3 weeks with a minimal 3 hours exercise time per week. Participants will receive the other intervention at 3-month post stroke date. Clinical evaluations will be performed at baseline, post therapy after first intervention, 3-week post intervention follow up, 3-month post stroke, post therapy after second intervention, 3-week post second intervention follow up, and 6-month post stroke follow up visits.
- Music Glove Device
Intervention Desc: Participants will exercise at home using the music glove for 3 times a week for 3 weeks with a minimal of 3 hours per week. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: Music Glove Description: Music Glove is a glove with sensors attached to the tips of all 5 fingers. The glove is connected to a software musical program like guitar hero. Participants will follow the rhythm or musical notes of the songs and move their fingers accordingly. Participants are reinforced with biofeedback that includes visual and auditory cues when the correct sequences are achieved.
- Conventional Hand Exercise Program Other
Intervention Desc: Participants will exercise at home using the hand exercise program designed by an occupational therapist for 3 times a week for 3 weeks with a minimal of 3 hours per week. ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: Conventional Hand Exercise Program Description: Conventional Hand Exercise Program includes range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises, coordinating exercises of the hand and fingers. This exercise program is designed by an occupational therapist and is a general exercise program that a stroke patient will receive when he/she is being discharged from the hospital.
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
- Purpose: Treatment
- Intervention: Crossover Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Box and Block Test||3 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Fugl-Meyer Motor Assessment of the upper extremity||3 weeks||No|
|Secondary||Action Research Arm Test||3 weeks||No|
|Secondary||9-Hole Peg Test||3 weeks||No|