Use of Repetitive Facilitative Exercise Program in Established Stroke


About this study

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.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

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

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Billie Schultz, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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