How Brain Stimulation May Provide Hope for Stroke Patients
Nearly half of those who survive a stroke end up with a permanent disability severe enough that they need help to get through daily life. But a clinical trial testing a new approach to restoring movement to patients paralyzed by stroke is showing some early promise.
Cleveland Clinic researchers, led by neurosurgeon Andre Machado, MD, PhD and neuroscientist Kenneth Baker, PhD, are testing deep brain stimulation (DBS), a procedure used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions, on patients who make little progress with traditional physical therapy following a disabling stroke.
The researchers theorize that DBS, combined with physical therapy, can help the patient’s brain rewire itself and form new connections around the area damaged by stroke.