A suite of automated tools to quantify hand and wrist motor function after cervical spinal cord injury

Katelyn M. Grasse, Seth A. Hays, Kimiya C. Rahebi, Victoria S. Warren, Elizabeth A. Garcia, Jane G. Wigginton, Michael P. Kilgard, Robert L. Rennaker

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Abstract

Background: Cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI) often causes chronic upper extremity disability. Reliable measurement of arm function is critical for development of therapies to improve recovery after cSCI. In this study, we report a suite of automated rehabilitative tools to allow simple, quantitative assessment of hand and wrist motor function. Methods: We measured range of motion and force production using these devices in cSCI participants with a range of upper limb disability and in neurologically intact participants at two time points separated by approximately 4 months. Additionally, we determined whether measures collected with the rehabilitative tools correlated with standard upper limb assessments, including the Graded Redefined Assessment of Strength, Sensibility, and Prehension (GRASSP) and the Jebsen Hand Function Test (JHFT). Results: We find that the rehabilitative devices are useful to provide assessment of upper limb function in physical units over time in SCI participants and are well-correlated with standard assessments. Conclusions: These results indicate that these tools represent a reliable system for longitudinal evaluation of upper extremity function after cSCI and may provide a framework to assess the efficacy of strategies aimed at improving recovery of upper limb function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number48
JournalJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 11 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Force
  • Hand
  • Prehension
  • Range of motion
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Informatics

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