Upper Limb Movement Enhanced By ArmTutor Following Stroke

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Dr. Fiona Coupar of Glasgow University, Academic Section of Geriatric Medicine, Glasgow, UK and Alex Pollock of Glasgow Caledonian University, Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, Glasgow, UK report on a review study to systematically summarize the  available current literature on prognostic variables relating to upper limb recovery following stroke. The researchers want to identify which variables predict upper limb recovery post stroke.

They  completed searches in MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, CINAHL and Cochrane CENTRAL databases. Searches were completed in November 2010.

Their study looked at predictor variables measured linked to outcome of upper limb recovery. Exclusion criteria included predictor variables relating to response to treatment and outcome measurements of very specific upper limb impairments such as spasticity or pain.

Predictor variables within the studies in the medical data bases included age, sex, lesion site, initial motor impairment, motor-evoked potentials andsomatosensory-evoked potentials.

The 2 researchers found that initial measures of upper limb impairment and function to be the most significant predictors of upper limb recovery.

When a stoke causes upper limb disability the ArmTutor and HandTutor for hand and arm movement dysfunction, play a vital role in recovery during physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

The ArmTutor™ system has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the upper extremity including the shoulder and elbow and forearm. The system  consists of an ergonomic wearable arm brace and dedicated powerful rehabilitation software. Physical and occupational therapists can record with the ArmTutor™ and handTutor a range of biomechanical evaluation including speed, passive and active range of motion and motion analysis of the upper extremity. Quantitative biomechanical data allow for objective evaluation and rehabilitation treatment follow up will enable the physiotherapist to set the exercise difficulty level to the patients movement ability. The ArmTutor™ is part of the Tutor system including the HandTutor, LegTutor, 3DTutor. Its use implements a rehabilitation concept based on performing controlled exercise rehabilitation practice at a patient customized level with real time accurate feedback on the patient’s performance. This keeps the patient motivated to do the exercise tasks. The exercises are designed in the form of challenging games that are suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and disease.

The ArmTutor™ system is used by many leading rehabilitation centers worldwide and has full FDA and CE certification. Please see http://www.handtutor.com

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