Robot-mediated upper limb physiotherapy for patients with spastic hemiparesis: A preliminary study

G Fazekas, M Horvath, T Troznai, A Toth
2007 Acta Dermato-Venereologica  
Objective: to investigate the clinical usefulness of the rEha-roB therapeutic System, which provides passive robot-mediated physiotherapy for patients with spastic hemiparesis. Design: Controlled, randomized, preliminary study. Patients and methods: thirty patients with hemiparesis as a consequence of upper motor neurone lesion were divided randomly into 2 groups: robotic and control. Subjects from both groups received 30 minutes of Bobath therapy sessions on 20 consecutive work days. members
more » ... ork days. members of the robotic group received an additional 30 minutes of robot-mediated therapy on the same days. the clinical status of each patient was assessed before the first session and at the end of the pro- gramme. the difference in the scores was statistically evaluated by t-test for dependent variables in case of parametric data and Friedman's test in case of non-parametric data. Results: the majority of the parameters measured improved in both groups, but modified Ashworth score of shoulder adductors and elbow flexors showed a statistically significant change only in the robotic group. Conclusion: the results suggest that it could be useful to supplement traditional physiotherapy with this form of robotmediated therapy. Clinical investigation of a higher number of patients is planned in the near future.
doi:10.2340/16501977-0087 pmid:17724559 fatcat:ptporazndngztiiocyzq37kz5q