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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2008 December;44(4):431-5

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Robot-assisted therapy for neuromuscular training of sub-acute stroke patients. A feasibility study

Treger I. 1, 2, Faran S. 3, Ring H. 1, 2

1 Neurological Rehabilitation Department Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center, Raanana, Israel 2 Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University Ramat Aviv, Israel 3 Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany


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Aim. Several studies have described the contribution of robotics technology in providing effective treatment options for improving upper-extremity functions in patients with hemiparesis following stroke. The aim of this study was to conduct a preliminary assessment of patient acceptance of an upper extremity robot, the Reo™ Therapy System (Motorika Ltd., Israel), developed specifically for neuromuscular training of upper extremities for use in rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics.
Methods. Ten in-patient sub-acute stroke patients aged 30-60 years participated in the study. They received 15 sessions of forty five minutes training with the Reo™ Therapy System, in addition to traditional occupational and physical therapy. A feedback questionnaire of the patients’ satisfaction, the Fugl-Meyer test and the Manual Function Test (MFT) were used as outcome measures.
Results. Patient satisfaction with the robot-assisted therapy program and acceptance of working with Reo™ Therapy System was very good. Arm impairment and functionality as measured with the Fugl-Meyer and the MFT increased significantly after treatment.
Conclusion. The Reo™ Therapy System was found to be valued by patients. Further research is necessary in order to identify the most efficient balance of Reo Therapy and traditional therapy methods.

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