Physiotherapy Interventions Improve Functionality Even Late After Stroke

In the October edition of the BMJ Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry Ferrarello and his colleagues at Unit of Functional Rehabilitation, Italy,  http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2010/09/07/jnnp.2009.196428.short?rss=1, show that physiotherapy interventions improve functional outcomes even late after stroke. Late after stroke can be described as more than 18 months post stroke. The paper concludes that these finding challenge the concept of a plateau in functional recovery of patients who had experienced stroke. Results using the HandTutor agree with the papers findings with patients in the chronic rehabilitation stage of stroke showing functional improvement after using the HandTutor as a rehabilitation tool.

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