Transcranial Direct Current stimulation for post-stroke gait rehab, a pilot study

It is important to develop treatment methods that improve gait for those with persistent deficits following stroke. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a form of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), is a promising treatment method that warrants further investigation in gait therapies.

About This Study

The specific aims of this research study are to demonstrate the feasibility of a 10-session protocol combining simultaneous tDCS and gait training to produce a clinically significant lasting improvement in gait performance, and to evaluate neuroplastic brain changes in response to tDCS to both sides of the brain combined with gait training.

Study Information

Study participants will be treated with 10 sessions that consists of both brain stimulation (tDCS) and gait therapy. Gait therapy will include training in the virtual reality environment. The study will demonstrate feasibility of this protocol to achieve clinically significant and lasting improvement in gait performance. Brain stimulation is intended to target two main adaptive neuroplastic mechanisms involved in post-stroke motor recovery: 1) facilitation of the residual ipsilesional motor output pathways for the lower extremity and 2) suppression of transcallosal inhibition from the contralesional motor regions

Detailed program information and criteria available at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00912041

Principal Investigators: Svetlana Pundik, MD, MSc

Program Contact: Jessica McCabe, PT

Contact Number: (216) 791-3800 x 63830

Contact Email: jmccabe@fescenter.org


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