Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy in Chronic Stroke

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Page S, Sisto SA, Levine P: Modified constraint-induced therapy in chronic stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:870–875.

Although efficacious, constraint-induced therapy may be difficult to implement in some outpatient settings. This case study examined the effectiveness of modified constraint-induced therapy administered to a patient with chronic stroke, learned nonuse, and a stable motor deficit in his dominant upper limb. The Fugl-Meyer Assessment of Motor Recovery and Action Research Arm Test were administered twice before intervention, and the Motor Activity Log and actigraphy were administered once. The patient then participated in half-hour, structured physical and occupational therapy sessions, emphasizing affected arm use, three times per week for 10 wk. It was concluded that modified constraint-induced therapy may be an effective method of improving affected arm function and use in chronic stroke patients exhibiting learned nonuse.

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