Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

POWER training in chronic stroke individuals: differences between responders and nonresponders

Useless until it is written up into a specific stroke protocol.

Pages 1-7 | Received 15 Dec 2016, Accepted 18 Apr 2017, Published online: 08 May 2017

Background: Lower extremity muscle weakness is a primary contributor to post-stroke dysfunction. Resistance training is an effective treatment for hemiparetic weakness and improves walking performance. Post-stroke subject characteristics that do or do not improve walking speed following resistance training are unknown.
Objective: The purpose of this paper was to describe baseline characteristics, as well as responses to training, associated with achieving a minimal clinically important difference (MCID) in walking speed (≥0.16 m/s) following Post-stroke Optimization of Walking Using Explosive Resistance (POWER) training.
Methods: Seventeen participants completed 24 sessions of POWER training, which included intensive progressive leg presses, jump training, calf raises, sit-to-stands, step-ups, and over ground fast walking. Outcomes included SSWS, FCWS, DGI, FMA-LE, 6-MWT, paretic knee power, non-paretic knee power, and paretic step ratio.
Results: Specific to those who reached MCID in SSWS (e.g. “responders”), significant improvements in SSWS, FCWS, 6-MWT, paretic knee power, and non-paretic knee power was realized. Paretic knee power and non-paretic knee power significantly improved in those who did not achieve MCID for gait speed (e.g. “non-responders”).
Conclusion: The potential for POWER training to enhance general locomotor function was confirmed. Baseline paretic knee strength/power may be an important factor in how an individual responds to this style of training. The lack of change within the non-responders emphasizes the contribution of factors other than lower extremity muscle power improvement to locomotor dysfunction.

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