Touching Lives - February 2007
Stimulating the brain to improve stroke recovery
Over 100,000 people in England and Wales suffer their first stroke each year. About one third of those who survive are left with permanent disabilities, such as paralysis or weakness, often in the arms or hands. Everyday tasks like getting dressed and eating can become difficult or impossible.
Rehabilitative therapy can help, but many people find their symptoms stabilise after about six months, and many stroke patients rely on the help of carers.
Preliminary results from ongoing clinical trials in North America suggest a new treatment can help people regain more control over the movement in their arms and hands, even if it has been years since they suffered their stroke.