Therapeutic robots for post-stroke rehabilitation

Med Rev (2021). 2024 Feb 27;4(1):55-67. doi: 10.1515/mr-2023-0054. eCollection 2024 Feb.

Abstract

Stroke is a prevalent, severe, and disabling health-care issue on a global scale, inevitably leading to motor and cognitive deficits. It has become one of the most significant challenges in China, resulting in substantial social and economic burdens. In addition to the medication and surgical interventions during the acute phase, rehabilitation treatment plays a crucial role in stroke care. Robotic technology takes distinct advantages over traditional physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, and is increasingly gaining popularity in post-stroke rehabilitation. The use of rehabilitation robots not only alleviates the workload of healthcare professionals but also enhances the prognosis for specific stroke patients. This review presents a concise overview of the application of therapeutic robots in post-stroke rehabilitation, with particular emphasis on the recovery of motor and cognitive function.

Keywords: cognitive function; motor function; post-stroke; rehabilitation; therapeutic robots.

Publication types

  • Review