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Assistive Devices for Upper Extremity Mobility

A stroke survivor will likely have damage to structures of the brain. When sensation or motor function has been impaired by a stroke, a person’s ability to balance, swallow and coordinate movement might be compromised. Loss of these components can limit the survivors’ ability to complete daily tasks such as eating and caring for themselves. In addition to teaching compensatory techniques or those used to train the strong side to do the work of both sides, it is critical to engage the weak side in a variety of ways for a greater chance at recovery. Many patients benefit from various rehabilitation therapies and technology to facilitate return to function and regain strength.

Patients typically begin moving, changing positions and participating in therapy to prevent related problems within 24 to 48 hours of suffering a stroke. More aggressive and sophisticated rehabilitation occurs over time and in a variety of settings. How quickly a patient begins therapy might depend on the severity of the stroke as well as the patient’s response to treatment and recovery. Technological devices used in rehabilitation facilities are options to supplement traditional therapies and provide more opportunities for a patient who has suffered a stroke to regain function.

  • The ARMEO® is a shoulder to hand robotic system that supports the weak arm reducing the effects of gravity and allowing for greater movement to complete functional tasks simulated on the computer screen.
  • The HAND MENTOR™ is a lower arm based robotic system that assists with reduced muscle tone and improving wrist and hand movement.
  • The REO™ GO is an upper arm based robotic system that encourages improved trunk, shoulder, elbow and forearm gross motor movement, coordination and strength through repetitive exercise.
  • The SAEBOFLEX is a spring loaded hand based device that assists with opening the hand for improved grasp and release of objects.
  • The BIONESS H200 is a splint-like device that uses coordinated electrical stimulation to the muscles of the forearm and hand to reduce tone and help regain movement for grasp and release.
  • The NEUROMOVE™ is an electrical stimulation system that uses biofeedback to encourage improved muscle activity.

Stroke survivors and their caregivers can investigate the technological advances offered by their rehabilitation facility. There are several innovative alternatives for the most appropriate and complete options that can restore function following stroke.

By: Stacey Kinter, Registered, Licensed occupational therapist with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, supervisor and clinical specialist for inpatient rehabilitation specializing in brain injury and stroke

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"Technological devices used in rehabilitation facilities are options to supplement traditional therapies and provide more opportunities for a patient who has suffered a stroke to regain function."

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