A Study Shows New Potential Rehabilitation Treatments for Stroke Patients

July 21, 2017 in STSMPT

Strokes may have adverse effects on people’s physical mobility. It’s not uncommon for stroke patients to have to go to physical therapy to regain their mobility. A new recent study potentially shows some new and more unusual treatment options for stroke rehabilitation patients.

In this study, conducted by researchers in Sweden and Australia, 123 participants were split into three equal groups. Each group was assigned to a different rehabilitation regiment. One group was assigned to be given horseback riding lessons, the second group was assigned a music-and-rhythm therapy program, and the other group was the control group and was not assigned any special treatments. Each group was given 12 weeks of therapy.

At three different points, the groups were assessed with physical tests and administered the Stroke Impact Scale (a 100-point questionnaire gauging patient physical and mental health). These points were before and after the therapy sessions started and again three months later. The results from each of the groups were compared, and the ones who received the special therapy programs showed greater improvement in both the self-assessments and the physical testing, compared to the control group. This difference in recovery is potentially long lasting as the results still held up when they were tested again six months later.

However, there are some limitations with this study as the sample size was relatively small. Also, those with severe disabilities could not be considered for the therapy. There are follow up studies planned to help determine just how efficient and cost effective these potential therapy programs really are.

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