Video games can help stroke victims

12:00 AM, Sep 27, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --  Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are currently conducting a study to investigate the effectiveness of tele-rehabilitation in stroke patients.

According to the CDC, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is the number one cause of long-term disability in the U.S.

After a stroke, patients need to undergo rehabilitation to help advance recovery, but access to such services can be difficult for patients who rely on others for transportation to and from appointments and for those where rehab is geographically unavailable.  

Cleveland Clinic is looking to find ways to improve the hand and arm use of these patients through the use of a device that helps move the hand and wrist repeatedly.

Recruitment has begun for a three-year NIH funded study as part of a Challenge grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Participants must have had a recent stroke, resulting in poor hand or arm control, and having difficulty accessing a stroke rehabilitation program.  

Some participants in the trial will be assigned a Hand Mentor Device. The device will be placed directly in the patient's home, eliminating the need for the patient to travel to a separate location.

With robotic assistance, the patient will be asked to complete several repetitive exercises, which will be recorded and then transmitted digitally to a therapist located at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. The Hand Mentor is a "smart" exercise device for rehabilitating the wrist and fingers in patients who have recently suffered a stroke.

The interactive Hand Mentor provides visual feedback to the patient regarding muscle spasticity levels, force production, and range of motion.

During rehabilitation sessions, the device automatically senses the furthest point to which patients can push their injured hand muscles by themselves; then the Hand Mentor "takes over" to ensure that the muscles go through full range of motion as patients pursue their daily regimen.

For more information call 216.445.9815.

To learn more about Stroke, Ideastream and The Plain Dealer are doing a series of reports this week.

Learn more by clicking HERE.

Click HERE for more on WVIZ's Surviving Stroke series.



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