Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2018; 22 (21): 7385-7392

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201811_16277

The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation combined with functional task training on motor recovery in stroke patients

M. Alsharidah, F. Al-Hussain, M. Iqbal, A. Hamza, W.-K. Yoo, S. Bashir

Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. sbashir10@gmail.com


The field of neuromodulation encompasses a wide spectrum of interventional technologies that modify pathological activity within the nervous system to achieve a therapeutic effect. Therapy including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has all shown promising results across a range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. This article reviews the state-of-the-art of neuromodulation for stroke and discusses the opportunities and challenges available for clinicians and researchers interested in advancing neuromodulation therapy. The annual worldwide incidence of stroke ranges from 27.5 to 63 individuals per 100,000. Stroke, a major cause of adult disability, has devastating effects on patients and their caregivers, which has a tremendous socioeconomic impact on families and healthcare systems around the world. There are only a few treatments available for the improvement of motor function in stroke patients. The majority of these treatments are based on functional motor learning (ML) strategies. Both the mechanisms underlying stroke recovery and the effectiveness of neurorehabilitation interventions still remain poorly understood for widespread implementation, although it strongly depends on the quality of rehabilitation service to reach maximal post-stroke recovery.

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M. Alsharidah, F. Al-Hussain, M. Iqbal, A. Hamza, W.-K. Yoo, S. Bashir
The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation combined with functional task training on motor recovery in stroke patients

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2018
Vol. 22 - N. 21
Pages: 7385-7392
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201811_16277