Effectiveness of Robotic Rehabilitation for Post Spinal Cord Injury Patients in Regards to Improving Motor Function

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Kormanik, Sophia
Lackey , Justin
Patania-Young, Drew
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2023-02-24
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Robotic Rehabilitation , Research , Occuapational Therapy
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Spinal cord injury (SCI) comes in two forms, complete or incomplete impacting the motor function and sensory function of nerves inferior to the site of the injury. The purpose of this analysis was to critically appraise robotic rehabilitation interventions for SCI patients to improve motor function. The analysis showed that the ARMEO/Diego offer arm support, grip support via hand straps, and a motor that will help clients with impaired movement abilities train different movements such as shoulder flexion/extension, shoulder adduction/abduction, shoulder internal/ external rotation, elbow flexion/extension, forearm pronation/supination, and wrist flexion/extension. High intensity training was highlighted as a major component for individuals seeking upper limb function recovery with an increase in the GRASSP strength by having the participants do repetitive repetitions over time eliciting muscle strength in the process. This type of robotic rehabilitation allowed the participants with impaired motor functions in their upper extremities to train/practice exercises that are designed to increase muscle strength and range of motion. This intervention is very beneficial for individuals with a spinal cord injury or a neurological impairment because you can make the therapy task–specific for the client and also it will allow the client to initiate the movement with help of the machine through the desired movement. In parallel with RT, conventional occupational therapy and other interventions require further research to assess the significance of using it in conjunction with RT.
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Creighton University
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