Increased shoulder abduction loads decreases volitional finger extension in individuals with chronic stroke: Preliminary findings

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Abstract

The ability to open the paretic hand is greatly affected after a stroke. The loss of especially finger extension has been previously reported during isolated finger movements. However, activities of daily life require the combination of reaching and grasping which will require shoulder abduction. Shoulder abductor activity will result in concurrent elbow, wrist and finger flexion which is also referred to as the flexion synergy. Therefore as part of this study the effect of of shoulder abduction (SABD) loading on volitional finger extension in individuals with chronic stroke is investigated. We expect to observe that shoulder abduction loading will further decrease the already impaired volitional finger extension in individuals with chronic stroke. A total of four moderately impaired individuals with chronic stroke and three age-matched able-bodied subjects participated in this study. Finger extension was recorded during hand open while subjects kept their arm extended at the end of a reach. The preliminary data showed that the maximal volitional finger extension was significantly decreased by increasing the SABD loads in individuals with chronic stroke, but not in age-matched able-bodied subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5808-5811
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424479290
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014
Event2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2014Aug 30 2014

Publication series

Name2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014

Other

Other2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/26/148/30/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering

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