Centre for Restorative Neurology
Clinical trial in the use of newer modalities of treatment in the rehabilitation of stroke victims.
Enhancing recovery of function after stroke – combined use of physical training (robot-assisted arm therapy) with non-invasive brain stimulation.
This is a collaborative project between the Centre for Restorative Neurology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital (Shenton Park), Fremantle Hospital, and is supported by the Neurotrauma Research Program.
This study aims to evaluate whether brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation – tDCS) added to a computer controlled exercise (robot-guided arm therapy) will provide added benefit in recovery of the upper limb following stroke.
We are looking to recruit people who have had a first ever ischemic stroke causing arm weakness. This intervention will be in addition to their regular outpatient therapy program prescribed by their rehabilitation physicians.
This study will recruit patients within the first 6-9 months following stroke, when they are discharged from inpatient care. All patients will participate in 2-3 weekly sessions of robotic arm therapy for 6-9 weeks (18 sessions, each about 2 hours). Half of the group will receive the brain stimulation and half will receive the sham stimulation. To date there have been no adverse effects associated with either robotic arm therapy or tDCS.