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Recovery of upper limb function

Level:
General
Estimated time:
45 mins
Author:
Dr Annie McCluskey, Honorary Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney and member of the StrokeEd Collaboration
Last updated:
10 September 2019

Recovery of upper limb function


Up to two thirds of stroke survivors walk independently at six months following their stroke but less than half will be able to use their affected arm (Kwah, Harvey, Diong, & Herbert, 2013).

The learning module, Recovery of upper limb function, has been created and reviewed by stroke, occupational therapy and physiotherapy experts and contains practical advice for therapists when assessing and planning treatment for upper limb recovery after stroke.

Experienced occupational therapy educator and clinician Dr Annie McCluskey has developed the content for this interactive learning module based on the Stroke Foundation Clinical Guidelines.

Learning objectives

  • Recall the clinical guideline recommendations for optimising upper limb recovery and the intensity and amount of rehabilitation following a stroke.
  • Recognise kinematic deviations affecting a person’s ability to reach, grasp and manipulate objects, and possible causes of these deviations.
  • Identify outcome measures and tests that can be used to evaluate change.
  • Plan a training program that addresses the known causes of upper limb kinematic deviations.

 

Acknowledgements
Authors: Dr Annie McCluskey, Honorary Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney and member of the StrokeEd Collaboration.

We also acknowledge the Learning Design team, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Macquarie University, for support with filming, Concentric Rehabilitation Centre for hosting filming and stroke survivor Hong for allowing us to use his rehabilitation experience in this module.