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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Apr;90(4):553-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2008.10.029.

Effects of motor imagery on hand function during immobilization after flexor tendon repair.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether motor imagery during the immobilization period after flexor tendon injury results in a faster recovery of central mechanisms of hand function.

DESIGN:

Randomized controlled trial.

SETTING:

Tertiary referral hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

Patients (N=28) after surgical flexor tendon repair were assigned to either an intervention group or a control group.

INTERVENTION:

Kinesthetic motor imagery of finger flexion movements during the postoperative dynamic splinting period.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The central aspects of hand function were measured with a preparation time test of finger flexion in which subjects pressed buttons as fast as possible following a visual stimulus. Additionally, the following hand function modalities were recorded: Michigan Hand Questionnaire, visual analog scale for hand function, kinematic analysis of drawing, active total motion, and strength.

RESULTS:

After the immobilization period, the motor imagery group demonstrated significantly less increase of preparation time than the control group (P=.024). There was no significant influence of motor imagery on the other tested hand function (P>.05). All tests except kinematic analysis (P=.570) showed a significant improvement across time after the splinting period (P</=.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Motor imagery significantly improves central aspects of hand function, namely movement preparation time, while other modalities of hand function appear to be unaffected.

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  • Motor imagery for peripheral injury. [Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009]
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