Surgery that replaces a nerve is giving stroke patients a chance at regaining arm function

When something breaks, you can usually replace the malfunctioning part and get it working again in no time. As it turns out, this may apply to your nervous system as well. Researchers from China wondered if replacing a nerve that wasn’t functioning well with a healthy one could be effective. Especially, in complicated cases with complete arm…

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Robots used after stroke for hand recovery – looking at the ARMin system

Robots for hand recovery after stroke? Robots are hot right now. Big-name scientists such as Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking discuss the potential benefits and possible threats of artificial intelligence. Such discussion make it feel like super-intelligent robots are making their way into many aspects our lives. And now, thanks to a team of researchers…

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A simple mirror trick you can do at home might improve the function of your arm

Mirrors – used for years in magic tricks, special effects, and optical illusions. Now they are being used as part of physical therapy. A recent 2017 Chinese study proved that mirror therapy (MT) has a moderate effect in improving arm functionality in stroke patients during rehabilitation when compared to other conventional therapies. Mirrors can also…

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A new study came up with an amazing way to boost recovery: replaying movements in your mind

Physical rehabilitation is a critical element to regaining the ability to move and perform everyday activities following a stroke. However, severely injured patients might experience little to no ability to move affected limbs. This greatly hampers their potential for recovery. With these patients in mind, doctors and researchers have looked for other options to jump-start…

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Hope for recovery of arm-hand function even years after a stroke

Is there hope for ischemic stroke patients years after the stroke? A Korean man proves there is! Ischemic strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is blocked. This blockage starves and kills brain cells, causing losses of ability and function that can be chronic. Damaged nerves can be repaired with therapy. However, conventional wisdom says…

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