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Effects of Mental Activity Training Linked With Electromyogramtriggered Electrical Stimulation on Paretic Upper Extremity Motor Function in Chronic Stroke Patients: A Pilot Trial

Author(s): Sujeon YOU | Jong Ha LEE

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tip ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 59;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Mental activity | electromyogramtriggered electrical stimulation | functional electrical stimulation | stroke

Objective: To study whether mental activity training linked with electromyogramtriggered electrical stimulation (MATEMG) improves motor function of a paretic upper extremity in chronic stroke patients.Materials and Methods: Eighteen patients with chronic stroke for more than 12 months were included in the study. Nine patients were randomly allocated to MATEMG and 9 to generalized functional electrical stimulation (FES) on the forearm extensor muscles of the paretic extremity 20 times over 4 weeks, for 40 minutes/session. Outcome measures were: active range of motion (ROM) of the wrist joint, strength of the forearm extensor muscles, the modified Ashworth scale (MAS), FuglMeyer motor assessment for the upper extremity (FMMUE), motor activity log (MAL) and the modified Barthel index (MBI) scores.Results: The group receiving MATEMG improved by 6.13 points in FMMUE scores (p
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