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Research shows SaeboGlove combined with electrical stimulation improves hand function after stroke
A new study shows 75% of stroke patients with no hand function at baseline improved use of their affected hand during self-care tasks following SaeboGlove treatment combined with electrical stimulation.
By: Saebo, Inc.
The purpose of the study, published in Disability and Rehabilitation, was to "investigate the usability and effectiveness of a functional hand orthosis, combined with electrical stimulation adjunct to therapy-as-usual, on functional use of the moderately/severely impaired hand in sub-acute stroke patients." The experiment involved testing eight subacute stroke patients over the course of six weeks. The patients were treated with the SaeboGlove – a low-profile, dynamic hand orthosis – and electrical stimulation four days per week, for 45 minutes per day.
Researchers Johan Anton Franck, Rob Johannes Elise Marie Smeets, and Henk Alexander Maria Seelen found that the patients' hand and arm function had "improved significantly"
This research provides new hope for patients experiencing little to no hand function after stroke: recovery is possible.
"The newly published research by Franck and colleagues is one more example of what we have seen for years," explains Saebo co-founder, Henry Hoffman. "Stroke patients demonstrating no movement in their affected hand can still recover with the appropriate therapy intervention. The combination of electrical stimulation and the SaeboGlove or SaeboFlex will allow clients to not only gain the much-needed strength in their grip, but also allow for cortical plasticity and upper limb function to occur."
Hoffman continues, "Through the use of these technologies, clients that exhibit no hand function can immediately obtain functional use very early on. Like the results of this recent study, many clients can go on to make meaningful hand recovery and may no longer require the assistance of these devices long term."
View "Improving Grip Strength in a Flaccid Hand" Video: https://www.saebo.com/
Saebo, Inc. is a medical device company primarily engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of affordable and novel clinical solutions designed to improve mobility and function in individuals suffering from neurological and orthopedic conditions. With a vast network of Saebo-trained clinicians spanning six continents, Saebo has helped over 250,000 clients around the globe achieve a new level of independence. For more information about Saebo, please visit: www.saebo.com.
Katie Cousins, Director of Digital Marketing
Saebo, Inc., Charlotte, NC