A Randomized Controlled Evaluation of a Repetitive Facilitative Exercise Program for Adults With an Established Stroke and Upper Extremity Impairment


Rochester, Minn.

Trial status:

Open for Enrollment

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to assess whether a novel therapy approach (repetitive facilitative exercise (RFE)) is more effective than conventional rehabilitation in facilitating the recovery of upper extremity function following stroke.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Age greater than 18 years - Having a single ischemic or hemorrhagic hemispheric stroke of more than 6 months duration - The ability to selectively demonstrate active extension of at least 10 degrees at the metacarpo-phalangeal joint and the interphalangeal joints and 20 degrees at the wrist - Capable of effectively participating in the study Exclusion Criteria: - Upper extremity contracture/pain that interfere with study technique - Pre-existing upper extremity neurologic or orthopedic disorders - Unstable medical condition - BMI > 35 - Active treatment of condition during 3 months prior to enrollment in study (botulinum toxin, therapy, tendon release, etc.) - Language or cognitive/perceptual deficits or scheduling problems that would limit participation - Inability to provide informed consent

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