Does spasticity interfere with functional recovery after stroke? A novel approach to understand, measure and treat spasticity after acute stroke

S. Malhotra, Shweta Malhotra

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    Abstract

    The principal aim of this thesis is on identifying if spasticity on the wrist after an acute stroke interferes with functional recovery of the upper limb.This randomized study demonstrated that sNMES treatment along with standardized upper limb therapy improves muscle strength for wrist extension and grip and prevents the development of pain in severely disabled stroke patients. There was some evidence that treatment with electrical stimulation was beneficial in reducing contractures however it had no effect on spasticity. Larger studies are required to study sNMES treatment influence on arm function.
    Original languageUndefined
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Hermens, Hermanus J., Supervisor
    • Pandyan, Anand D., Supervisor, External person
    Thesis sponsors
    Award date7 Nov 2013
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs978-90-365-3567-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2013

    Keywords

    • EWI-23871
    • Upper-limb
    • BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
    • METIS-298515
    • Acute stroke
    • wrist
    • IR-87671
    • spasticiy

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