Upper Limb Robotic Rehabilitation After Stroke

Completed

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Trial Description

This is a single arm study aimed at evaluating the acute effects induced by a single session of robot-assisted passive hand mobilization on local perfusion and upper limb function in post-stroke hemiparetic patients. Twenty-three participants with subacute or chronic stroke received 20 min passive mobilization of the paretic hand with robotic assistance. After the intervention, significant improvements were found in forearm perfusion, muscle tone significantly decreased and subjects reported decreased upper limb heaviness, stiffness and pain. This study supports novel evidence that hand robotic assistance promotes local forearm circulation, may help in the management of spasticity and acutely alleviates reported symptoms of heaviness, stiffness and pain in subjects with post-stroke hemiparesis.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Robotic passive mobilization Device
    Intervention Desc: The intervention was performed using the Gloreha (Idrogenet, Italy) robotic system. The system consists of a soft exoskeleton similar to a glove. Passive hand joints mobilization is provided by a hydraulic system. Each patient underwent a session of 20 min passive mobilization of the paretic hand.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Passive mobilization
    Description: Upper limb passive mobilization assisted with robotic device

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Forearm perfusion 30 minutes
Primary Muscle tone 30 minutes

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