Hope for stroke patients may lie in neurorehab treatments

Share this article:
A.M. Barrett, M.D., focused on new neurorehab treatments.
A.M. Barrett, M.D., focused on new neurorehab treatments.

Five neurorehabilitation treatments for those recovering from stroke were highlighted in a December Neurology Clinical Practice report.

The examination was on constraint-induced movement therapy; constraint-induced language therapy; prism adaptation therapy; transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); and transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS).

Constraint movement could include putting a mitt on the unaffected hand during waking hours to reinforce arm use. One example of constraint-induced language therapy is to have stroke survivors with aphasia use the left, nonparetic hand for communicative and noncommunicative gestures.

For prism adaptation therapy, participants wear prism lenses for short sessions, which help decrease spatial neglect and vision dysfunction. TMS involves a magnetic field created by an electric current circulation within a coil on the scalp depolarizing neurons. It has been used for psychiatric and neurologic disorders. TDCS is noninvasive, but effects may be “too short-lived to have effect on long-term, daily function,” the authors wrote. 

“While these have been explored primarily in stroke rehabilitation, they are potentially applicable to other neurological conditions,” said A.M. Barrett, M.D., director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research and chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. 


Share this article:

More in News

Nursing home resident dies after intoxicated son smothers him

A terminally ill nursing home resident died after his intoxicated son tries to suffocate him, local police say. Roy Curtis, 86, reportedly died hours after his son was arrested.

Medicare rates could be adjusted for start and end of hospice care ...

Medicare payments could be adjusted to reflect how hospice services tend to be more intensive at the beginning and end, according to findings recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Information Products & Data Analytics.

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without ...

The time has come to eliminate hospital stay requirements for beneficiaries to qualify for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing services, experts told a Senate committee Wednesday.