Additional early active repetitive motor training did not prevent contracture in adults receiving task-specific upper limb training after stroke: a randomised trial
Sally Horsley, Natasha A Lannin, Kathryn S Hayward, Robert D Herbert
JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY | AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC | Published : 2019
QUESTION: In adults undergoing rehabilitation after stroke, does 1 hour of additional active repetitive reaching per day prevent or reduce upper limb contracture? DESIGN: Multi-centre, randomised controlled trial with concealed allocation, assessor blinding, and intention-to-treat analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty adults undergoing rehabilitation after stroke who were unable to actively extend the affected wrist past neutral or were unable to flex the affected shoulder to 90 deg. SETTING: Three inpatient rehabilitation units in Australia. INTERVENTION: Both groups received usual upper limb therapy 5 days a week for 5 weeks. In addition, the experimental group received up to 1 hour a day of activ..View full abstract
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Funding for the conduct of this trial was provided by the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation Wishlist Research Grant Scheme.