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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 395-399

Constraint-Induced movement therapy is a potential treatment for improving upper limb function in stroke patients

1 Department of Physical Therapy, Riphah International University, Lahore Campus, Lahore, Pakistan
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Sargodha Medical College, UOS, Sargodha, Pakistan
3 Department of Physical Therapy, Mobility Quest, Lahore, Pakistan

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Muhammad Mustafa Qamar
Department of Physiotherapy, Sargodha Medical College, UOS, Sargodha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.MJDRDYPU_220_17

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Introduction/Background: Task-oriented training is a therapeutic approach based on the system theory of motor control. Constraint-induced movement therapy improves upper extremity function in stroke by increasing the use of their affected upper limb. The aim of this study is to compare the different types of goal setting, one is task-oriented and other is constrained-induced movement therapy in stroke rehabilitation. Constrained-induced movement therapy goal setting combined with a task-oriented approach to improve upper limb function in subacute stroke patients. Materials and Methods: This was a randomized clinical trial study, conducted in Lahore in which 40 stroke patients had participated, randomly assigned into two groups. Group A comprised task-oriented movement therapy and Group B comprised constraint-induced movement therapy. The measurement was taken at baseline, after 1 and 2 months. Results: The baseline readings were the same. Constrained-induced movement therapy showed a significant improvement in grip, grasp, pinch, and gross motor activities VS task-oriented movement therapy (<0.05). Conclusions: This study concluded that constrained-induced movement therapy is a potential treatment for upgrading motor limit of upper limb and activities of step-by-step living in patients with stroke.

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