Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States and the third most frequent cause of death, following diseases of the heart and cancer . Of the more than 700,000 Americans who experience a stroke each year , two-thirds survive . Currently there are more than five million stroke survivors in the U.S. , many of whom have long-term motor and sensory impairments, especially in the arm and hand . Studies report that 69% of patients who were admitted to a rehabilitation unit following stroke have mild to severe upper extremity dysfunction , and only 14% to 16% of stroke survivors with initial upper extremity hemiparesis regained near-complete motor function [3,4]. Chronic deficits following stroke are especially prevalent in the hand and therefore diminish the capacity to grasp . Hand grasp has great functional importance for performing activities of daily living. The impairment in grasping significantly lowers stroke survivors’ functional independence.
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Excessive Shear Force at the Digits May Contribute to Unstable Grip Following Stroke
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Seo, NJ, & Kamper, DG. "Excessive Shear Force at the Digits May Contribute to Unstable Grip Following Stroke." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Lake Tahoe, California, USA. June 17–21, 2009. pp. 721-722. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2009-205696
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