Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injury

Short Title:
Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injury
Model System:
TBI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J50592.
Journal:
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) (formerly the Bulletin of Prosthetics Research)
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2005, vol. 42, issue 6, pp 769-778
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Abstract:
Article describes the effects of standard constraint-induced (CI) therapy in subjects with upper-limb motor deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI). During the 2-week CI therapy intervention, participants spent 6 hours a day for 10 consecutive weekdays engaging in repetitive or massed practice, shaping of the more-affected limb, or task-practice procedures. The goal was to use the more-affected upper limb for 90 percent of waking hours for all days of treatment by restraining the use of the less-affected upper limb. The Wolf Motor Function Test, the Fugl-Meyer Motor Performance Assessment, and the Motor Activity Log were used to measure outcomes. Results showed that participants demonstrated improvements in all outcome measures. Those who were more-adherent to treatment had more improvement compared with less-adherent participants. These results suggest that CI therapy may be effective for improving upper-limb motor function following chronic TBI.
Author(s):
Shaw, Sharon E.; Morris, David M.; Uswatte, Gitendra; McKay, Staci; Meythaler, Jay M.; Taub, Edward
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