According to a research report featured in Physical Therapy “Stroke is the most prevalent cause of adult-onset disability in the United States." View our presentation to learn more about stroke
According to a research report featured in Physical Therapy “Stroke is the most prevalent cause of adult-onset disability in the United States." View our presentation to learn more about stroke therapy and robotic therapy devices.
According to a research report featured in Physical Therapy “ Stroke is the most prevalent cause of adult-onset disability in the United States. An estimated 5.8 million people who have had a stroke have residual neurological deficits.”
At 6 months post-stroke, most individuals recovering from stroke cannot incorporate their affected extremity into daily activities, which is likely to reduce the stroke survivor’s perceived quality of life
This presentation will discuss multiple forms of stroke therapy as well as how robotic therapy devices may be an adjunct or viable alternative to the delivery of intensive repetitive task practice therapy
This presentation will also discuss how robotic therapy devices can enhance hand or foot function recovery for stroke survivors
Repetitive task practice therapy has been proven to be successful. However, this therapy is extremely labor-intensive, costly and, unfortunately, can become very tedious for both the patient and the therapist. The following are reasons robotic therapy devices may be a viable option to repetitive task practice therapy:
Robotic therapy devices continue to improve in control, design and usability and may offer a viable solution to improving upper- and lower-extremity motor control and function
Robotic therapy devices relieve the demand on the therapist
These devices also provide more entertaining experience for the patient
Stroke rehabilitation literature indicates there is strong evidence to support the theory that intensity and task specificity are indicators of an effective stroke treatment program. In addition, training should be functional, meaningful, repetitive and challenging to the stroke survivor
These are characteristics of successful repetitive task practice interventions.
Despite there proven success, repetitive task practice therapies have not been widely implemented in their current form
These programs have not been implemented due to substantial obstacles including cost of delivery and limited duration of standard therapy sessions.
The use of robotic therapy devices as an effective method for delivery of repetitive task practice therapy is appealing because this approach may enhance the patient’s recovery process through increased intensity and specificity.
Robotic therapy devices provide consistent and precise therapy for extended periods of time without fatigue.
These devices focus on improving motor function by enhancing the patient’s active range of motion of the upper and lower extremities
Robotic therapy devices provide an increase in the quantity and quality of afferent information the patient receives and may facilitate motor learning or relearning
Ed Koeneman is COO and co-founder of Kinetic Muscles (KMI). KMI is a leading provider of products for stroke recovery. For more information about The Hand Mentor(TM) and Foot Mentor (TM) robotic therapy devices, visit http://www.kineticmuscles.com/.