A Study to Compare The Effects of Unilateral Arm Training Versus Bilateral Arm Training in Post-Stroke Patients with Motor Impairment of Hand

Authors

  • Manjula.S1 , P.senthil Selvam2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v14i4.11301

Keywords:

Post-stroke, unilateral, bilateral arm training, chedoke arm and hand activity inventory.

Abstract

Background of The Study: Motor function deficits are life changing and devastating consequences of
stroke9
. It affects the patient’s mobility, daily life activities, participation in society. The most common
manifestation of upper extremity motor impairment includes muscle weakness, changes in the tone and
impaired motor control. Both unilateral and bilateral arm training found to be an effective strategy for the
recovery of upper limb motor function after stroke.
Aim of The Study: The aim of the study is to compare the effects of unilateral arm training versus bilateral
arm training in post-stroke patients with motor impairment of hand.
Objective Of The Study:
Ø To assess the effects of unilateral arm training in post-stroke patients with motor impairment of hand.
Ø To assess the effects of bilateral arm training in post-stroke patients with motor impairment of hand.
Ø To compare the effects of unilateral arm training versus bilateral arm training in poststroke patients with
motor impairment of hand.
Method: 30 post stroke patients were recruited for the study based on the inclusion criteria and were divided
into group A and group B consisting of 15 subjects each. Group A were treated with unilateral arm training
and Group-B were treated with bilateral arm training. Pretest and posttest scores assessment was done.
Result: It showed significant improvement in functional ability of the upper limb as measured by ARAT
and CAHAI-13. The p value of both the group is <0.05. This study showed that Group-B subjects who
were treated with Bilateral arm training proved to be more effective than Group-A who were treated with
unilateral arm training in post stroke patients with motor impairment of hand.
Conclusion: This study showed that bilateral arm training is more effective than unilateral arm training in
improving the overall motor function of hand in post stroke individuals.

Author Biography

Manjula.S1 , P.senthil Selvam2

Asst Prof, 2
PHD, PROF, HOD School of Physiotherapy, VISTAS, Thalambur, Tamil Nadu, India

Published

2020-10-15