Modified Rankin scores for impairment and function gains from intense arm rehabilitation therapy

Takeaway

  • Intensive arm motor therapy (IAMT) correlates with improved modified Rankin Scale (mRS) in a significant proportion of patients >90 days post-stroke (31.2%) in the current sample.

Why this matters ?

  • A more in-depth understanding of the relationship between improved body structure/function (assessed via scales such as the Fugl-Meyer (FM) motor scale) and gains in activities limitations measures (assessed via scales such as mRS) In acute stroke patients may be useful for emerging stroke recovery therapies.

  • Improvements in mRS score linked to IAMT in some patients highlights the importance of understanding changes in activity limitation and loss of body structure/ function post-stroke associations, underscoring the need for further study of these domains in stroke patients.