Intensive physical and occupational therapy improves the functional ability of the arm and hand in chronic stroke

Intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the rehabilitation center and at home improves functional ability in chronic stroke. Published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 04/11/2013 de Diego C et al from physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Neurological Center of Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain show that following 8 weeks of daily physical and occupational therapy improved the functional outcome of the upper limb in chronic hemiparesis stroke patients. The training consisted of functional activity training, tactile stimulation, mental imagery and practice of ADL and impairment training at home. The outcome measures used include the Fugl Meyer Assessment (FMA), Motor Activity Log (MAL) and Stroke Impact Scale-16 (SIS-16) scores.

 

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