Robot therapy for functional recovery of the upper limbs: A pilot study on patients after stroke

Federica Bovolenta, Milena Goldoni, Pierina Clerici, Maurizio Agosti, Marco Franceschini

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Objective: To verify the possibility of administering robot-aided therapy for the upper limbs in patients after stroke; to evaluate patients' degree of acceptance and compliance with the treatment; to establish if the treatment has an effect on motor impairment and functional outcome. Design: Quasi-experimental, uncontrolled study. Subjects: Fourteen patients with chronic hemiparesis after stroke. Methods: Patients were treated with a robotic system for the upper limbs (ReoGo™; Motorika Medical Ltd, Israel). Subjects performed the following assessment, at the start (T0), at the end of treatment (T1), and at the follow-up performed one month after the end of treatment (T2): Fugl-Meyer test (FM) for upper limbs; strength evaluation; Ashworth scale; visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain; Frenchay Arm test (FAT); Box and Block test (B&B); Functional Independence Measure (FIM™); ABILHAND Questionnaire; Timed Up and Go test (TUG); Euro-Quality of Life questionnaire and; a VAS for treatment satisfaction were administered to the subjects. Results: Total scores of FM, B&B, FAT and FIM™ showed a statistically significant improvement from T0 and T1 (FM p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-975
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Upper Extremity
Stroke
Arm
Therapeutics
Robotics
Paresis
Israel
Pain Measurement
Visual Analog Scale
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Robotics
  • Stroke
  • Upper limbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)

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Robot therapy for functional recovery of the upper limbs : A pilot study on patients after stroke. / Bovolenta, Federica; Goldoni, Milena; Clerici, Pierina; Agosti, Maurizio; Franceschini, Marco.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 41, No. 12, 10.2009, p. 971-975.

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Bovolenta, Federica ; Goldoni, Milena ; Clerici, Pierina ; Agosti, Maurizio ; Franceschini, Marco. / Robot therapy for functional recovery of the upper limbs : A pilot study on patients after stroke. In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 41, No. 12. pp. 971-975.
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