Benefits of Robot-Assisted Rehabilitation in Stroke Patients: A Follow up Study
Author(s): Suraj kumar, RamakantYadav, Raj Kumar, Gowrishankar Potturi
Background: Stroke is found as leading cause of death in the world. Yet, the consequences of stroke spread beyond patient mortality and thus the post-stroke care to reduce patients’ dependency relies on rehabilitation.
Purpose: To quantify the benefits of robotic tilt table rehabilitation on improving the quality of living and ga- ining functional independence in stroke patients.
Methods: A total of 63 stroke patients (age 50.8 ± 6.86 years) were assigned for 30 days of robotic tilt table rehabilitation on Erigo tilt-table. NIHSS, MMSE, Modified Ashworth Scale, QOL and muscle strength (affected upper and lower limb) outcomes were assessed at baseline (day 0), after (day 30) intervention and on 90th day of follow up.
Results: Patients had shown a significant improvement in all the variables with time.
Conclusion: The robot-assisted training along with home-exercise program is found to be effective in rehabilitation of stroke patients.