Study design: A prospective cohort study. Objectives: To examine the use of a circle-tracing task in quantifying hand functional recovery in cervical spinal cord injury patients. Methods: Ten cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and 10 healthy age-matched controls performed a circle-tracing task, using a computerized tablet at the beginning of the study and after 4 weeks. Data relative to performance accuracy as well as pen pressure throughout the performances were collected, and clinical assessment for all patients was performed at the beginning and at the end of the study. Results: Significant differences were found in pen pressure profiles in the SCI patients between the initial assessment and after 4 weeks of assessment. SCI patients, when compared with controls, apply less pressure during the execution, though no significant differences were found for the other parameters. Examination of pen pressure profiles of both controls and SCI patients reveals that, in addition to the lower pressure registered, SCI patients present a more oscillating pressure profile which is direction-dependent. No significant correlations were found between clinical assessments and pen pressure, both within the initial assessment as well as after 4 weeks. Conclusions: This study emphasizes the potential of simple computerized means for quantifying upper limb functions in SCI patients. These results of this study could be helpful for both highlighting specific functional deficits in patients as well tailoring specific interventions.

Quantification of hand functional recovery in spinal cord injury patients / Erez James Cohen, Gabriele Righi, Claudia Conti, Claudia De Santis, Giorgia Sciarrone, Giulio Del Popolo. - In: THE JOURNAL OF SPINAL CORD MEDICINE. - ISSN 1079-0268. - ELETTRONICO. - (2022), pp. 0-0. [10.1080/10790268.2022.2066384]

Quantification of hand functional recovery in spinal cord injury patients

Erez James Cohen
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Gabriele Righi;Claudia Conti;Giorgia Sciarrone;Giulio Del Popolo
2022

Abstract

Study design: A prospective cohort study. Objectives: To examine the use of a circle-tracing task in quantifying hand functional recovery in cervical spinal cord injury patients. Methods: Ten cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and 10 healthy age-matched controls performed a circle-tracing task, using a computerized tablet at the beginning of the study and after 4 weeks. Data relative to performance accuracy as well as pen pressure throughout the performances were collected, and clinical assessment for all patients was performed at the beginning and at the end of the study. Results: Significant differences were found in pen pressure profiles in the SCI patients between the initial assessment and after 4 weeks of assessment. SCI patients, when compared with controls, apply less pressure during the execution, though no significant differences were found for the other parameters. Examination of pen pressure profiles of both controls and SCI patients reveals that, in addition to the lower pressure registered, SCI patients present a more oscillating pressure profile which is direction-dependent. No significant correlations were found between clinical assessments and pen pressure, both within the initial assessment as well as after 4 weeks. Conclusions: This study emphasizes the potential of simple computerized means for quantifying upper limb functions in SCI patients. These results of this study could be helpful for both highlighting specific functional deficits in patients as well tailoring specific interventions.
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