Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke for individuals with flaccid upper extremities: A feasibility study

Jigna Patel, Gerard Fluet, Alma Merians, Qinyin Qiu, Matthew Yarossi, Sergei Adamovich, Eugene Tunik, Supriya Massood

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Abstract

Rehabilitation of individuals with flaccid or severely affected upper extremities is challenging due to their limited motor ability and few options for therapeutic training. This initial study tested the feasibility of training individuals with severe hemiparesis using virtual reality (VR) based mirrored feedback and pinch force modulation tasks. The results demonstrated that the simulations were well tolerated early after stroke. Priming effects of the mirror tasks were suggested by increased maximal pinch force immediately after training. Furthermore, despite having no clinically observable movement distally, the subjects were able to consciously activate their muscles as shown by force traces and EMG recorded during the pinch trace task. Motor learning was also suggested by the decrease in Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) during this task. Lastly the benefits of using objective, technology based measurement tools was demonstrated by the ability of the force sensor to detect small changes in force production that could not be measured with a clinical scale of impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages215-223
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781479989843
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015
Event11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: Jun 9 2015Jun 12 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR
ISSN (Electronic)2331-9569

Other

Other11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period6/9/156/12/15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Acute phase
  • Flaccid Upper Extremity
  • Stroke
  • Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation

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Patel, J., Fluet, G., Merians, A., Qiu, Q., Yarossi, M., Adamovich, S., Tunik, E., & Massood, S. (2015). Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke for individuals with flaccid upper extremities: A feasibility study. In 2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015 (pp. 215-223). [7358583] (International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICVR.2015.7358583