Effect of early physiotherapy intervention on hand function in acute stroke patients
Priyanka A Kale, Dr. Sharda Bhalerao, Dr. Neha Singh, Ruchita K Shah, Charmi C Mehta
Background: Reduced upper extremity function is one of the most common impairment after stroke and is associated with disruption to efficient and accurate reach and grasp function. These upper limb impairments include difficulty in moving and coordinating the arms, hands, and fingers, often resulting in difficulty carrying out daily activities such as feeding, dressing, and grooming. Hence, it is important to start with early Physiotherapy to improve hand function in acute stroke patients.
Materials and Methods: The study included 30 participants, which were categorized into two groups with 15 participants in each group. They were given conventional Physiotherapy along with additional hand exercises (Group A) and conventional Physiotherapy (Group B) for 7 days 2 session per day for 1 hour.
Result: Significant improvement was detected after the intervention in hand grip strength measured by Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer (p<0.0003) and hand function measured by Jebsen Hand Function Scale (p<0.0194) when compared between the groups.
Conclusion: Early Physiotherapy intervention was extremely significant in both the groups but when compared between the Groups, Group A (Experimental) showed more significant improvement in hand function in acute stroke patients.
Priyanka A Kale, Dr. Sharda Bhalerao, Dr. Neha Singh, Ruchita K Shah, Charmi C Mehta. Effect of early physiotherapy intervention on hand function in acute stroke patients. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 110-114