A ground-breaking research study into stroke care at Northwick Park Hospital is using robot assisted training to help stroke patients regain movement in their affected arm.

During robot assisted training, the patient sits at a table facing a computer screen and places their arm onto the robotic device. The therapist then asks the patient to do some arm exercises such as moving between targets on the computer screen.

If the person is unable to move their arm then the robot moves the patient’s arm to complete the task.

If the patient starts movement, the robot provides adjustable levels of assistance to help the person’s arm movement, which helps the brain and arm to learn to work together again.

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One of the first patients to have therapy using the robotic arm was 50-year-old Bindiya Panya at the hospital in Brent .

She said: "I had a stroke in March 2015, lost movement down my right side and couldn't walk. It's very hard for people to understand how difficult that is to accept.

"I feel very lucky to have been asked to take part in this trial.

"The robotic arm has made such a difference to use of my right arm.”