Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
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Effects of virtual reality intervention on upper limb motor function and activity of daily living in patients with lesions in different regions of the brain
Sang-Mi JungWon-Ho Choi
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2017 Volume 29 Issue 12 Pages 2103-2106

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[Purpose] This study aimed to investigate whether a virtual reality (VR) intervention has an influence in improving the motor function and activities of daily living (ADLs) in patients with lesions in different regions of the brain. [Subjects and Methods] Eleven subjects with hemiplegic stroke were recruited in this study, which was conducted from January to February, 2017. They received a VR intervention once a day for 30 min, 5 times a week for 4 weeks. The Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) and the Korean version of the Modified Barthel Index (K-MBI) were used to assess the post-stroke patients’ motor function and ADLs, respectively. [Results] There were significant differences in pre- and post-test outcomes of the Arm and Coordination and Speed (CS) in the FMA and K-MBI in the middle cerebral artery group (MCAG). Moreover, there were significant differences in all sub-tests of FMA and K-MBI in the Basal ganglia group (BGG). In addition, there were significant differences in the pre-test outcomes of Arm and pre- and post-test outcomes of Hand in the FMA between the two groups. [Conclusion] This study revealed that VR intervention improved the upper limb motor function and ADLs of post-stroke patients, especially those in the BGG.

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