Can we predict the chance of a second stroke? Researchers think we can and these are the predictors

Strokes are scary. For many people, they come without warning. If you have had stroke or mini-stroke, it’s understandable that you’re afraid it will happen again. Because you might not know why you had the first one, you want to understand at least how to prevent another one. What can you do to decrease the…

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Stimulating the brain right after stroke – we now know better how to do it

A powerful brain-stimulating technology called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) might be able to help stroke patients soon after a stroke. This treatment already helps stroke patients with movement disorders in the later phases of rehabilitation (the chronic phase). But recent research from Japan indicates that rTMS also helps immediately after a stroke (the acute…

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Stabilizing your ankle early or later during rehab: does it matter?

Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are custom-made, supportive braces intended to control ankle position. They compensate for weakness and correct deformities. They are frequently used to improve walking after stroke, despite a lack of evidence regarding when to initiate the therapy. While many advocate an “earlier is better” mantra, clinical evidence has yet to substantiate this claim.…

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Force feedback from your muscles as a new form of home therapy

An ongoing program of structured arm/hand rehabilitation is an integral part of continued recovery post stroke. Early treatment is under the watchful eye of your physiotherapist. But, as you continue into the chronic phase of stroke, you will likely take more responsibility for your activities. While this can be empowering, it can also be daunting.…

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Electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation: time to think again?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been around for a while. You’ve probably seen it on the home shopping networks or online. They are the battery-operated devices with the sticky pads that give ‘electric shocks’ to stimulate your muscles. Initially developed for pain relief, you might have dismissed TENS as little more than a passing…

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