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March 2018

Effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy on upper extremity muscle tone in chronic stroke patients

Seung Kyu Park, Dae Jung Yang, Yo Han Uhm, Jong Hyuk Yoon, Je Ho Kim
Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Physical Therapy, Sehan University: 1113 Noksaek-ro, Samho-eup, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do, Republic of Korea
The Journal of Physical Therapy Science , Volume 30 (2018), Issue 3 (DOI: 10.1589/jpts.30.361)

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on upper extremity muscle tone in chronic stroke patients.

Subjects and Methods

For this study, 30 stroke patients participated in this study and they were divided into ESWT group and sham-ESWT group, each group consisted of 15 patients. ESWT and sham-ESWT was performed by the patients for two times a week, for eight weeks. MyotonPRO was used to measure muscle tone.

Results

According to the results of the comparisons between the groups, after intervention, upper extremity muscle tone was significantly lower in the ESWT group than in the sham-ESWT group.

This study showed that ESWT is effective for improving decrease of muscle tone in chronic stroke patients.

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