Is deep-brain stimulation only beneficial for Parkinson’s patients, or might it be helpful for stroke rehabilitation as well? Doctors at Cleveland Clinic are determined to find out the answer. Deep-brain stimulation involves the implantation of an electrode to stimulate a certain area of the brain. Doctors are hoping that the end result will be an end to the paralysis people often experience after a stroke.
To comprehend how a stroke impedes normal brain function, Laurie Ann Bonkoski, a speech therapist, compares a stroke to a house whose front door has unexpectedly become blocked by a fallen tree. In her work, she’s determined to sidestep that obstruction and access different pathways to help bring back as much functionality to the person as possible.
To operate in tandem with therapy to generate new neural pathways, Dr. Andre Machado of the Cleveland Clinic implanted the very first deep-brain stimulating electrode into a stroke patient as the initial first step in this clinical human trial. The next phase will be to turn it on, sending the electrical impulses that he hopes will promote brain growth. Depending on the results of this trial, various other conditions are in line for comparable tests. University Hospital neurosurgeon Jennifer Sweet shares, “People are studying the benefit of this for addiction; we know that it can be effective in obsessive compulsive disorder, it’s been used to treat Tourette’s; it may even be an option for anorexia or obesity or hypertension.”
Heaven at Home Senior Care is going to be keeping an eye on progress in this study. In the meantime, if you have someone you care about who’s suffered a stroke, call us at (940) 432-5670 for Dallas home care assistance to enhance his or her wellbeing and assist with successful stroke rehabilitation. We are able to help in the following ways:
- Preparing healthy meals in accordance with any prescribed dietary plan
- Helping with light household chores and laundry
- Conducting a safety analysis of the home to help reduce fall risks
- Providing escorted transportation to medical appointments or other excursions
- Picking up medications and running errands
And much, much more