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Upper Extremity Orthoses in Stroke Rehabilitation

Static Hand-Wrist Orthosis (Rest Splint) A Static Hand-Wrist Orthosis (Rest Splint) is often used to position the hand and wrist after a stroke. It is recommended to hold the wrist at 20-30 degrees of extension, the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint at 40-45 degrees of flexion, the interphalangeal joints at 10-20 degrees of flexion, and the thumb…

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Maximizing Stroke Rehabilitation: Principles, Potential Factors, and Planning

The primary goal of stroke rehabilitation is to maximize patients’ physical, mental, social, occupational, private, and educational potential according to their wishes and life plans. Basic Principles of Rehabilitation: Ensuring the planning and execution of treatments for comorbid diseases. Preventing or minimizing secondary complications. Replacing lost motor function. Compensating for sensory and perceptual losses. Ensuring…

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Lower Extremity Orthotic Treatment in Stroke Rehabilitation

Orthotic and motor learning-based neurophysiological approaches play an important role in stroke rehabilitation. While orthotic applications were traditionally used in the subacute period, recent studies have shown that the use of orthotics in the acute period contributes more to the patient’s functionality. Although the purpose of orthotic treatment differs between the acute and chronic periods,…

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A New Approach to Rehabilitating Movement in Stroke: Evidence-based Approaches

Advancements in technology have led to the development of new approaches to rehabilitation aimed at reducing paralysis, restoring movement, and improving outcomes in stroke patients. Studies have proved the effectiveness of these approaches. Among the novel approaches are mirror therapy, biofeedback therapy, robot-assisted therapy, restrictive-forced motion therapy, virtual reality, telerehabilitation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments.…

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Stroke and Balance

Both dynamic and static balance is impaired after hemiplegia. Hemiplegic individuals exhibit a postural deviation that can be up to twice as high as their peers of the same age. Furthermore, weight transfer symmetry is also disrupted, with hemiplegic individuals transferring weight toward the healthy side at a rate of 61-80%. In addition, there is…

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Traditional Approaches to the Movement Rehabilitation for Stroke Therapy

Movement rehabilitation is essential for returning stroke survivors to their daily life after the impairment. This type of therapy plays a significant role in the rehabilitation of stroke patients, and the primary goals -amongst others- are to promote neuroplasticity and improve joint range of motion (ROM). Improving the ROM is vital for maintaining upper extremity…

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