Therapeutic robot can help stroke patients repair the damage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/16/10

New study finds a therapeutic robot can help stroke patients repair the damage

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Stroke rehab normally starts immediately and continues for about six months. After that, it is generally thought that there just isn't the dramatic progress that you see in those first few months, so many think it's not worth the expense of therapy beyond that point.  However, a study by researchers at Brown University finds intense therapy with the help of a robot can still improve movement and quality of life for stroke patients, even years after the damage.

The study found those patients who worked with a robot on repetitive, guided movements three times a week for three months had significantly improved quality of life, compared to those who underwent traditional therapy.  By the way, all the stroke patients who participated in the study had suffered their stroke five years earlier.

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