Joanna Pawełczyk, Katarzyna Adamczewska, Jacek Lewandowski
J. Pawełczyk, K. Adamczewska, J. Lewandowski – Effects of cognitive exercise therapy on upper extremity function in stroke patients – A case study. FP 2017; 17(4); 70-75
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of cognitive exercise therapy on upper extremity function in a female stroke patient.
Materials and methods. The study was conducted on a 76-year-old female patient who suffered an ischemic stroke and exhibited severe left-sided hemiparesis. The patient underwent a 6-week therapy regimen based on the cognitive exercise treatment method, with 3 therapy session each week. Therapy progress was evaluated every two weeks using the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients (MESUPES).
Results. The patient showed motor function improvement on all MESUPES subscales. The overall progress was 31%. The highest rate of improvement (45%) was recorded on the first part of the scale (MESUPES I), which evaluated general movements. In the second part, the patient showed a 25% improvement in joint mobility and a 17% improvement in coordination.
Conclusion. The cognitive exercise therapy proved to be an effective treatment for improving upper extremity function of the patient.
neurorehabilitation, stroke, Perfetti method, cognitive exercise therapy