Individuals with chronic hemiparetic stroke can correctly match forearm positions within a single arm

Netta Gurari*, Justin M. Drogos, Julius P.A. Dewald

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Objective Previous studies determined, using between arms position matching assessments, that at least one-half of individuals with stroke have an impaired position sense. We investigated whether individuals with chronic stroke who have impairments mirroring arm positions also have impairments identifying the location of each arm in space. Methods Participants with chronic hemiparetic stroke and age-matched participants without neurological impairments (controls) performed a between forearms position matching task based on a clinical assessment and a single forearm position matching task, using passive and active movements, based on a robotic assessment. Results 12 out of our 14 participants with stroke who had clinically determined between forearms position matching impairments had greater errors than the controls in both their paretic and non-paretic arm when matching positions during passive movements; yet stroke participants performed comparable to the controls during active movements. Conclusions Many individuals with chronic stroke may have impairments matching positions in both their paretic and non-paretic arm if their arm is moved for them, yet not within either arm if these individuals control their own movements. Significance The neural mechanisms governing arm location perception in the stroke population may differ depending on whether arm movements are made passively versus actively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Evaluation methodology
  • Position sense
  • Robotics
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Physiology (medical)


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