Upper extremity rehabilitation, including range of motion, motor function and gross manual dexterity, using Kinect is perhaps the most studied intervention in stroke due to upper limb deficits occurring in over 66% of patients early after stroke. The use of therapy using Kinect-based systems maintained or improved the patient’s motor performance.
* However one study did include patients who were severely impaired and also mild to moderate cognitively impaired which still resulted in beneficial results from the majority of participants.
* The Kinect has been found to be beneficial in promoting recovery for hemiplegic upper limbs of subacute stroke patients at 3 weeks and continued to significantly increase at 12 weeks after training.
* Kinect provides opportunities for gross arm movements exercises, but fine motor control movements of the hand and fingers are more difficult to track.
* Another study looked hemiplegic stroke survivors who were beyond 6 months since onset in the use of Kinect along with conventional therapy.
* Results showed that all participants who took part improvement in all aspects of arm function including range of motion, Fugl-Meyer assessment and the Box and Block test.