Journal article

Determining the benefits of transcranial direct current stimulation on functional upper limb movement in chronic stroke

Jodie L Marquez, Alexander C Conley, Frini Karayanidis, James Miller, Jim Lagopoulos, Mark W Parsons

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been proposed as a tool to enhance stroke rehabilitation; however, evidence to support its use is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of anodal and cathodal tDCS on upper limb function in chronic stroke patients. Twenty five participants were allocated to receive 20 min of 1 mA of anodal, cathodal or sham cortical stimulation in a random, counterbalanced order. Patients and assessors were blinded to the intervention at each time point. The primary outcome was upper limb performance as measured by the Jebsen Taylor Test of Hand Function (total score, fine motor subtest score and gross motor subtest score) as well as ..

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