The Effect of an Arm Support Device on Recovery of Arm-Hand Function in Sub-acute Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial
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- Kottink A.I.R., Prange G.B., Buurke J.H., Rietman J.S. (2013) The Effect of an Arm Support Device on Recovery of Arm-Hand Function in Sub-acute Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial. In: Pons J., Torricelli D., Pajaro M. (eds) Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation. Biosystems & Biorobotics, vol 1. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A multi-center randomized clinical trial was performed in 7 Dutch rehabilitation centers to compare the effect of an arm support (AS) training device in combination with interactive rehabilitation games to intensive conventional reach training (CON) on recovery of arm-hand function by the Fugl-Meyer assessment (FM). An improvement of 10 and 8 points on the FM was found for respectively the CON and AS group. These preliminary results indicate that a lowtech system for arm support in rehabilitation is equally effective as intensive conventional reach training.
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