Which interventions for hemiparesis have been used in the rehabilitation following middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Aug 09, 2021
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Therapy-based interventions for hemiparesis have included robotic stimulation, manual stimulation, electrical stimulation, and constraint-induced movement and/or use of an effected extremity. These all would obviously seem contrary to rehabilitation that is solely devoted to compensatory techniques to complete functional tasks. However, newer therapeutic approaches appear to have potential in linking task-based challenges that also promote recovery of motor and cognitive function in stroke survivors. [26] These efforts are practical for allowing patients to be more independent and may also better motivate patients to stay engaged and motivated for their therapy. Ongoing efforts to link and practically exploit the growing understanding of neuroplasticity and translate this to improved stroke recovery make an exciting future in the field of rehabilitation

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