Orthotic Aided Training of the Paretic Upper Limb in Chronic Stroke: Results of a Phase 1 TrialBy Farrell, John F.; Hoffman, Henry B.; Snyder, Janet L.; Giuliani, Carol A.; Bohannon, Richard W.; NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 22, pp. 99-103
Publication Date: 2007
Investigation of a training program using a dynamic orthosis to improve paretic upper-limb motor status. The orthosis used, the SaeboFlex, consists of a wrap-around forearm support attached to a dorsal hand platform that anchors two spring attachments. Finger sleeves are attached to the springs to provide assistance with finger extension. Thirteen individuals, aged 26-71 years, with chronic hemiparesis from stroke participated. After being fitted with the orthosis, each participant was engaged in 5 days of training, 6 hours per day, consisting of repetitive, task-oriented activities with the orthosis, exercises, and functional electrical stimulation. Measures used to characterize upper-limb status, Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA), and Motor Status Scale (MSS), demonstrated improvements in participants’ movement at the shoulder, elbow and wrist. All participants remained pain free. This being an initial (Phase 1) trial of the protocol, and given the encouraging results, the investigators deemed further study to be warranted.
Assistive Products Discussed: SAEBOFLEX
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)