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Therapies for Recovery of Hand Function after Stroke

The purpose of this study is to compare 3 therapies to see if they result in different amounts of recovery of hand movement and function after stroke. The first therapy focuses on using the weak hand to do everyday tasks, the second therapy uses a device to open the weak hand using electrical stimulation, and the third therapy uses electrical stimulation that is controlled by a glove on the strong hand to open the weak hand. 

Duration

Participation lasts a total of 9.5-10 months, including a 2-week Pre-Treatment period (visits), followed by a 12-week Treatment Period (24 visits), and then 6 month Follow-Up (2 visits).

Inclusion Criteria
  • Individuals aged 21-90 years.
  • 6-24 months since first clinical cortical or subcortical, ischemic, or hemmorrhagic stroke.
  • Have moderate-severe hand impairment with skin intact on affected arm.
  • Have enough shoulder and elbow movement to position the hand adequately for table-top tasks.
  • Able to hear and respond to cues from stimulator. 
  • Able to understand verbal instructions and fulfill study requirements. 
Compensation

$100.

Research Categories
Stroke
Actively Recruiting
Yes