Video games 'improve stroke mobility'

Posted on 16 May 2011

People who have been left with motor difficulties after experiencing a stroke could improve their recovery by way of video games, it has been found, suggesting that some patients that rely on assisted living should take up the hobby.

Research published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation discovered that computer games speed up and improve recovery from stroke.

While approximately 80 to 90 per cent of stroke patients have difficulty with their hand and arm movement six months after treatment, different games were shown to improve aspects such as hand/arm coordination, accuracy and speed, finger motion and precision of grip.

Researcher Dr Alma Merians said: "Patients who played these games showed an average improvement in their standard clinical scores of 20-22 per cent over the eight days. These results show that computer games could be an important tool in the recovery of paralysed limbs after stroke."

In other news, using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) could help detect stroke earlier, a study has indicated.

Researchers at the University of California found that when SWI was used in conjunction with MRI scans, treatment time and overall recovered were improved.

Posted by Toby Mynott



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