The Effect of an Arm Support Device on Recovery of Arm-Hand Function in Sub-acute Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Anke I. R. Kottink
  • Gerdienke B. Prange
  • Jaap H. Buurke
  • Johan S. Rietman
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 1)

Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anke I. R. Kottink
    • 2
  • Gerdienke B. Prange
    • 2
  • Jaap H. Buurke
    • 2
  • Johan S. Rietman
    • 1
  1. 1.Roessingh Research and Development and at the University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Roessingh Research and DevelopmentEnschedeThe Netherlands

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