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Intensive physiotherapy is the traditional way to treat the 110,000 people who have a stroke in the UK every year.
That’s what Anne Hopwood is doing as she slowly moves her right arm back and forth across a table, guided gently by her physio.
She lost movement on the right side of her body when she fell ill last November.
The repetitive exercises are designed to get the brain and arm to communicate again after being damaged by the stroke.
But Anne knows rehab is a long haul.
“It was bad when I first had it,” she says.
“Now I can walk with [husband] Peter in the house, up and down the steps, I couldn’t do that before.”
But just down the corridor from where Anne is having her physiotherapy at North Tyneside Hospital, a piece of cutting-edge technology offers the prospect of a revolution in stroke rehabilitation. Read more
A major new research programme using robots to help stroke patients regain movement in their arms has been officially launched by the NHS in the North East today.
It will be led by stroke specialists at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, alongside researchers from Newcastle University.
North Tyneside General Hospital is one of the first in the country to house the new state-of-the-art stroke ‘rehabilitation robots’ from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US after investing over £250,000.
Now, the hospital will lead the research programme in the North East, working with stroke patients from across Tyne and Wear. Read more
Zac Haughn, Senior Associate Editor | Practical Neurology | June 2014
In 1887, physical therapists received recognition by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. This was the first official acknowledgment of their work, and the marginalization or elimination of impairments while promoting mobility and quality of life has been chief among the goals of therapists. That remains the goal still, yet dedicated healthcare professionals who have strengthened and soothed patients for over 100 years aren’t the only option for physicians or patients.