Improving Rehabilitation of Stroke Victims

A study is being funded by the Brain Canada Foundation to support the genuine recovery potential of patients

The team of Professor and Researcher Marie-Hélène Milot is undertaking vast research to test the post-CVA training programs based on the genuine recovery potential of each individual. This is one of the very first studies to integrate normal rehabilitation methods (physical interventions) with cutting-edge evaluation and neurostimulation techniques. Fellow researcher Hélène Corriveau, a colleague at the Research Centre on Aging (CdRV), is also on the research team.

Every nine minutes, a Canadian will suffer a stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA). Stroke is the leading cause of physical impairment in the country, limiting hundreds of thousands of adults in their daily activities. However, in many cases, their lot might be improved if the prescribed training programs were... more intensive.

A trained physiotherapist, Dr. Marie-Hélène Milot has been assisting stroke (CVA) victims in their recovery for more than 15 years. Throughout her practice, she has been confronted with a recurring issue: Why do some people barely respond to the post-CVA training program while the physical condition of others improves greatly? "We need to find a better way to predict the recovery potential of each individual," said the professor and researcher at the school of rehabilitation of the Université de Sherbrooke and at the CdRV of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS. "Patients often do not train sufficiently because, when existing evaluation protocals are used, their recovery potential is underestimated."

Dr. Marie-Hélène Milot will by attending the Acfas congress from May 8 to 12 at McGill University to give a presentation as part of the symposium on neurostimulation techniques to evaluate and treat the human nervous system: advances and outlook (Les techniques de neurostimulation pour évaluer et traiter le système nerveux chez l’humain : avancées et perspectives).
This research is funded by the Brain Canada Foundation and several other partners, including the Vitæ Foundation.
Click here to read the complete article on the web site of the Université de Sherbrooke.

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