Lycra Orthosis for Therapy in Upper Limb Rehabilitation after Stroke: The LOTUS Study

Dynamic Lycra Orthoses have been used for many years to help to control movement disorders in people with neurological conditions such as stroke, MS and cerebral palsy.  It is believed that they enhance sensory and proprioceptive awareness and provide mechanical correction of movement. Although widely used in practice in stroke rehabilitation for arm recovery and reduction of spasticity, the scientific evidence for their use is scant. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of tailor-made lycra orthoses as an adjunct to upper limb stroke rehabilitation. Phase 1 is a qualitative study, examining feasibility and acceptability of use with stroke survivors, their carers or family members, and healthcare staff, and to identify relevant outcome measures for Phase 2. Phase 2 is a single-blind feasibility randomised controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility of undertaking a trial of the intervention and to obtain indications of effects for sample size calculations for a full-scale trial.

Principal Investigator: Professor Jacqui Morris

External collaborators: Crighton G - NHS Tayside, Donnan P - University of Dundee, Kroll T - University of Dundee, Mendes R - NHS Tayside, Wedderburn L - NHS Tayside

Funder: Chief Scientist Office