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Upper Extremity Function and Rehabilitation

Patient-Targeted Upper Extremity Rehabilitation After Stroke
Sponsor: Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center  |  PI: Michelle Woodbury
This study is investigating the effects of an upper extremity stroke rehabilitation program that is targeted at specific movement impairments and systematically progressed according to patients’ evolving ability-level. The treatment effect of the targeted-therapy program is compared to standard of care neurorehabilitation program with clinical assessment, kinematic analyses, and EMG analyses. LEARN MORE

A Virtual Reality Environment for Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Motor Rehabilitation
Sponsor: MUSC College of Health Professions and Clemson University School of Computing  |  PI: Michelle Woodbury
The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility of a new virtual reality environment for rehabilitation of arm and hand movement after stroke. The novel virtual reality system enables a person who has limited arm movement in the real world to appear to have normal movement in the virtual world. LEARN MORE

TheraBracelet: The first and only wearable to instantly improve stroke hand function
Post-stroke hand impairment is highly prevalent and severely restricts functional ability and independence. Yet, there is no assistive device to help hand function at home, every day, during activities of daily living. This study addresses this gap by providing an innovative technology. LEARN MORE
Sponsor: NIH NICHD (STTR) | PI: Na Jin Seo

Sensory Stimulation to Enhance Hand Function Post Stroke
Stroke survivors suffer from persistent hand impairment that diminishes their functional abilities and independence, despite multiple courses of rehabilitation. We developed a new sensory stimulation technique that has the potential to immediately prime the central sensorimotor system for the hand, using imperceptible vibration applied to the wrist skin. This subthreshold vibrotactile stimulation is unique compared to the traditional stochastic resonance, by stimulating the wrist while improving fingertip tactile sensation. LEARN MORE
Sponsor: NIH COBRE (Pilot Grant) | PI: Na Jin Seo


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