Robotic Therapy for Upper Extremity Movement Dysfunction

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In the December edition of Current Opinion in Neurology Trauma and rehabilitation Dr Balasubramanian and his team at Arizona State University reveiw the literature on the use of robotic therapy for upper extremity movement dysfunction. The article can be found at

The group concludes that although preliminary, there is evidence in support of robot-assisted hand rehabilitation is effective.

The HandTutor system is a biofeedback system that can be used for patients with both severe and moderate hand movement dysfunction. It encourages active intensive hand movements through virtual functional tasks and has been proven to improve rehabilitation outcomes and quality of life.


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