Brain Stimulation – Upper Limb Sensory

Sensory Function Recovery

 

Overview: Sensory deficits are present in the majority of stroke survivors. Inability to feel movement, touch or pain impairs our capacity to interact effectively with the environment, diminishing the quality of life. Sensory dysfunction is difficult to treat and thus has been frequently neglected in therapies. Yet, restoration of sensory functions is important for better motor recovery and an overall improved quality of life.

Partial recovery of sensory deficits can be achieved by peripheral manipulation of skin, muscles and joints. The rehabilitation-induced improvement of sensory function is thought to occur through brain neuroplasticity, a phenomenon characterized by structural and functional adaptations. Despite neuroplasticity, sensory rehabilitation and recovery is usually slow and incomplete. There is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation, called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), that has the potential to enhance rehabilitation by driving the functional and structural changes in the brain and leading to improved sensory acuity.

Location: Brain Plasticity and NeuroRecovery Laboratory, Director Svetlana Pundik, MD, MSc, Cleveland Louis Stokes VA Medical Center

Purpose: The main objective of this study is to test a novel approach to improve sensory function after stroke using non-invasive brain stimulation.

Protocol:  This program is for stroke survivors with residual sensory deficits at least 6 months after stroke. Each study participant receives several different brain stimulation treatments. The effect of treatments is obtained by evaluating sensory function both before and after every treatment.

 

Principal Investigator: Svetlana Pundik, MD, MSc
Program Contact: Jessica McCabe, PT
Contact Number: (216) 791-3800 x3830
Contact Email: jmccabe@fescenter.org