Lori Sledziewski, Roseann C. Schaaf, Julie Mount; Use of Robotics in Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. Am J Occup Ther 2012;66(1):51-58. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.000943.
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OBJECTIVE. We examined the use of robotics to treat upper-extremity (UE) dysfunction in tetraplegic patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).
METHOD. A 51-yr-old man with an incomplete SCI participated in an occupational therapy program that combined traditional occupational therapy with Reo Go®, a comprehensive therapy platform that includes a robotic guide featuring a telescopic arm to enable high repetitions of functionally relevant UE exercises.
RESULTS. The participant demonstrated measurable improvements in active range of motion, muscle strength as measured through manual muscle testing, perceived right UE function, and self-care performance as measured by the FIM™.
CONCLUSION. The findings from this case are promising and demonstrate the Reo Go’s utility in combination with traditional occupational therapy. However, more research and specific protocols that are easily reproducible with robots such as the Reo Go are needed to validate this evolving treatment area.
Upper-extremity robotics are a beneficial tool that can be used in combination with traditional occupational therapy for treating UE dysfunction in the SCI population.
Incorporating new technology in occupational therapy treatment is important to the evolution and progression of our field.
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