Home stroke rehab 'works as well as high-tech therapy'

Posted on 26 May 2011

Undertaking stroke rehabilitation therapies at home has a similar effect to taking part in a highly technical training programme, research has found, which could be good news for patients using home care.

Stroke patients who used a body-weight supported treadmill device and walking practise to regain mobility following the event showed no more of an improvement than those who underwent therapies at home, according to findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This was the largest stroke rehabilitation study ever carried out in the US and was funded largely by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Walter Koroshetz, deputy director of NINDS, said stroke rehabilitation studies are "essential to determine which is best".

"The results of this study show that the more expensive, high tech therapy was not superior to intensive home strength and balance training, but both were better than lower intensity physical therapy," he continued.

Meanwhile, research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that an exercising hormone known as IGF-I contributes to growth and bone mass, improving stroke recovery.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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