Computer-enhanced mental practice in upper-limb rehabilitation after cerebrovascular accident: A case series study

Andrea Gaggioli, Andrea Meneghini, Maurizia Pigatto, Ilaria Pozzato, Giovanni Greggio, Francesca Morganti, Giuseppe Riva

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We examined the potential of using computerenhanced mental practice in the rehabilitation of upperextremity function after cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Design: Single case series, before-after design (ABA). Participants: 9 adults with stable motor deficit of the upper extremity following CVA. Methods: Patients received three computer-enhanced motor imagery practice sessions per week at the rehabilitation center. In addition, they practiced at home with specific exercises recorded on a DVD. The intervention lasted 8 weeks. Baseline, mid-term, post-intervention and follow-up evaluations included the upper-extremity scale of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment of Sensorimotor Impairment and the Action Research Arm Test. Results. At 8 weeks from the beginning of treatment, five patients showed reduction in impairment, with no decrease of motor function to follow up, as indicated by functional assessment scores and physiatrist observations. Conclusion: current findings encourage further investigation of the role that computer-guided motor imagery practice might play in upper limb rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR - Venice, Italy
Duration: Sep 27 2007Sep 29 2007


Other2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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