The function of our hands play a key role in our ability to manage on our own. Unfortunately, both congenital and acquired damage can sometimes cause conditions that makes it impossible or limits our the use of our hands.
The following are important prerequisites in order to get the best use of the SEM Glove™
- You need to be able to move your fingers at least slightly, i.e. be able to initiate a grip. This means you should not be fully paralyzed in your hand function.
- Any higher degree than mild spasticity hinders the use of the glove.
- If you are unable to move you the joints of your fingers and your hand locks itself in certain positions, then you probably will not be able to use the SEM Glove to its fullest potential.
- You need to be able to move your arm enough so that an improved grip is beneficial to you
Local arm and hand injuries
One of the reasons for weak hand or impaired hand function can be a damage locally in the arm or hand, both in the bones, muscles and/or nerves. Hand injuries can be very diverse. In cases where strength and/or endurance is impaired but some movement is still present our SEM Glove™ can help.
Most rheumatic diseases have in common that it is positive to exercise and to continue to use the affected hand. The level of strength assistance that can be set in the SEM Glove™ is to be discussed with the responsible physiotherapist or occupational therapist so that the user can train their muscles and get help to get over the initial resistance and possible pain.
Neurological injuries / diseases
There are many different injuries and diseases where the central and peripheral nerve system are affected and hence the symptoms include impaired strength and/or endurance. Some of these diseases also affect the strength and/or endurance of the hand. Examples are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, MS and Parkinson.
Traumatic or congenital brain injury
Traumatic or congenital brain injury often cause amongst others symptoms of reduced mobility and strength in the arm and hand. The most common traumatic brain injury is a stroke. Depending on the degree of the remaining capacity of the hand, the SEM Glove™ can help compensate to a certain degree the impaired hand function.
Spinal cord injuries
Damage to the nerves in the spine can also affect the hands. Depending on the nature and level of injury the patient may have some movement in the arms and hands, but weakened strength and impaired hand function.
Temporarily impaired hand strength
Patients can be affected by a weak grip even for a short period in combination with certain diseases and injuries, for example, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or caused by Borrelia.