‘Robot revolution’ in stroke care promised
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