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Myoelectrically driven functional electrical stimulation may increase motor recovery of upper limb in poststroke subjects: A randomized controlled pilot study

Rune Thorsen, PhD, MSee, et al.

In stroke rehabilitation, the therapist may work on residual movements. To promote motor relearning, we devised a system in which the electric activity from the affected muscles controls stimulation of the same or synergic muscles, thus boosting residual movements in weaker muscles. The system was used in a normal clinical setting. Compared with a control group receiving the same amount of treatment without the experimental system, we found both statistically and clinically significant improvement in hand function. With further development and research, this method may play an important role in stroke rehabilitation.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.07.0123

Volume 50 Number 6, 2013
   Pages 785 — 794


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This article and any supplementary material should by cited as follows:
Thorsen R, Cortesi M, Jonsdottir J, Carpinella I, Morelli D, Casiraghi A, Puglia M, Diverio M, Ferrarin M. Myoelectrically driven functional electrical stimulation may increase motor recovery of upper limb in poststroke subjects: A randomized controlled pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(6):785–94.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.07.0123
ResearcherID/ORCID: Rune Thorsen, PhD, MScee: F-3138-2-12; Maurizio Ferrarin, PhD, DrEng: I-3230-2012
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