HandTutor, ArmTutor system improves functional movement outcomes

Building a sand castle.
In the April edition of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) http://bit.ly/iiSMgj Dr. Smitherman and his group from Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, 701 Grove Road,  USA investigated the functional outcomes, following single-event multilevel surgery of the upper extremity in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. The group found that children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy showed significantly improved dynamic segmental alignment and, to a lesser degree, spontaneous use of the upper extremity following single-event multilevel surgery compared with a comparable nonoperative control group. However, the grasp-release ability did not significantly improve in either the operative or nonoperative group.
The HandTutor and ArmTutor system is used to train patients through intensive exercise practice to use their impaired arms and hands and improve their functional movement ability.

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