Electrical stimulation to improve arm function after a stroke
This research was completed on 31 August 2007
|Project Leader||Dr A D Pandyan BEng, PhD, AMIE|
|Location||Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physiotherapy Studies, Keele University, Staffordshire and the Springfield Unit, City General Hospital, Stoke on Trent.|
|Grant awarded||10 November 2003|
|Start date||1 September 2004|
|End date||31 August 2007|
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Each year in the UK around 130,000 people suffer a stroke and often lose the ability to walk and use their hands. Although most patients who survive a stroke will walk independently again, only a third will recover independent arm function. Losing the ability to use your hands leads to a considerable reduction in quality of life and dependence on others. This research will investigate whether treatment with electrical stimulation can be used to help the recovery of arm function in people who are at risk of remaining chronically disabled after their stroke. Treatment with electrical stimulation may also help the patient by preventing the development of secondary complications such as pain and limb deformities.