What is the effectiveness of modified constraint induced movement therapy for improving upper extremity function for adult stroke patients?
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Strokes affect nearly 800,000 Americans annually. Many body structures and functions can be affected by stroke, especially those of the upper extremity. Upper extremity injuries or impairments impact the stroke survivor’s participation in various occupations such as eating, grooming, hygiene, and dressing. The aim of this critically appraised topic was to find out the effectiveness of modified constraint-induced movement therapy (mCIMT) for improving the upper extremity function in adult stroke survivors. Studies found that participants who received mCIMT did have improved upper extremity function in areas such as grip and pinch strength when assessed during and immediately following intervention. However, studies found that the control group and intervention group had similar function when evaluated one to two months following intervention. This implicates a need for further research to understand the long-term effects of mCIMT for adult stroke survivors.
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