We have established the feasibility and effectiveness of robot-aided rehabilitation in
stroke patients using a robot for neurological rehabilitation designed and built by MIT.
Results of a pilot study of 20 patients were promising and showed that robot therapy is
safe, tolerated by patients and produces a significant, measurable benefit. We propose to
test that the robotic upper extremity trainer is an acceptable cost effective adjunct to
standard occupational therapy for patients with dysfunction of the shoulder and elbow due to
hemiparetic stroke in a VA rehabilitation program.
- Chronic Stroke
- Manual Muscle Score of Grade 3 or lower in at least one muscle of the affected arm
- Acute Stroke
- Contracture or orthopedic problems limiting the movement of the affected arm
- Visual deficit such that the participant cannot see the test pattern on the robot
- Serious complicating medical illness
- Botox treatment to the involved arm within three months of enrollment